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Ever wanted to tell Tim Geithner a joke? Now’s your chance

July 17, 2009

This job ad was sent my way today, and it’s amazing. From the Department of the Treasury. (Yep. That’s right.)

The purpose of this announcement is to seek qualified contractors with the capability to provide presentations for The Department of Treasury, Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD), Management Meeting with experience in meeting the objectives as described herein.

The Contractor shall conduct two, 3-hour, Humor in the Workplace programs that will discuss the power of humor in the workplace, the close relationship between humor and stress, and why humor is one of the most important ways that we communicate in business and office life. Participants shall experience demonstrations of cartoons being created on the spot. The contractor shall have the ability to create cartoons on the spot about BPD jobs. The presenter shall refrain from using any foul language during the presentation. This is a business environment and we need the presenter to address a business audience.
Upon completion of the course, participants shall be able to:

• Understand the importance and power of humor in the workplace in a responsible manner
• How to use talents in a creative way that adds humor to everyday experiences
• Alleviate stress in home and the office
• Know how and why humor is important to communication
• Improve work-place relationships
• Prevent burn-out

I particularly like Objective 2: Use those (bailout?) talents in a creative way…add humor to our everyday experiences. As in, “The unemployment numbers just went up, and Goldman Sachs is seeing huge quarterly returns from making bets with taxpayer money. But I can draw a cartoon of the leaky office coffee pot! The kitchen needs a bale-out! Get it? Oh…man, gimme a minute. Everyday experiences are so funny.”

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 17, 2009 10:22 am

    what a great gig — seems like anybody could really phone it in

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