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Things and People I Just Don’t Trust

Things and People I Just Don’t Trust

I Little Lightness in the Crisis: 

  • The telephone instruction “Please listen to this entire message because our options have recently changed.”
  • The service line recording, “This call may be recorded for quality control purposes.”
  • Most packaging that claims “100% recyclable.”
  • The personal trainer who says, “WE are now going to do 15 bench presses.”
  • The usefulness of a piece of mail addressed to “Alan Weiss or current occupant.”
  • Anyone beginning a sentence with, “You may be right, but….” (I think you’re actually full of it.)
  • Any politician who utters, “What the American people want is….”
  • The sign in the restaurant restroom admonishing that “Employees must wash hands” without any note that patrons should, too.
  • David Muir, the breathless prophet of gloom on ABC Nightly News.
  • The school bus monitor who’s supposed to look under the bus at every stop for safety reasons, but who weighs so much that he or she can’t even bend to a horizontal position. A water buffalo could be under that bus and never be seen.
  • The other drivers at four-way stop signs.
  • Any sale, on TV or in print, that says “limited time” or “this week only.”
  • Any expectation of an objective, bipartisan, or non-biased news story from the New York Times.
  • Anyone trying to sell me any kind of internet marketing services on the internet.
  • Anyone beginning an email with, “Dear beloved….” who will inevitably be a Nigerian scammer with a huge inheritance offer.
  • About 50% of all weather reports, especially longer term for “record snowfalls” or “a dry spring.”
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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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