Humorous, Meaningful and Overdue Look Into Emergency Services Worker Experiences

Sherry Jones Mayo has written a tremendously informative and humorous book about the daily experiences of emergency services personnel, whether paramedics, EMTs, doctors, or nurses. After twenty years in the field, Mayo reveals multiple aspects of the job from caring for people who need emergency care, to experiencing tragic losses, difficult and often humorous patients, and coping with fatigue, emotional breaking points, and personal issues.

Most books about trauma are written for the victims and their caretakers-so the caretakers (counselors, responders to an emergency, even family members) can help the victims. Although television dramas pay homage to the courage of emergency services workers-especially in the ER-these programs tend to treat the situations as heroic and dramatic rather than showing the actual real effects-the emotional and physical toll-these experiences have on the workers. Mayo provides multiple aspects of how emergency services personnel respond to trauma, most of it becoming their everyday work, but the deaths of children, cases of child abuse, or situations that resonate with their own personal tragic experiences can require immediate counseling and crisis intervention to protect the workers. Burnout is common, but so is the deep feeling of reward when the greatest efforts pay off.

This book is rich in a variety of experiences ranging from doing emergency care on an airplane to helping overweight people out of their homes, and an emergency services worker experiencing an accident and then seeing things from the patient's side as her co-workers care for her . Mayo shares her own experiences throughout, but she also shares the stories of co-workers, her daughter who was inspired to follow in her mother's footsteps, and numerous other first-person accounts of helping in an emergency.

While "Confessions of a Trauma Junkie" has numerous telling and moving stories, what I appreciated most was the humor. The humorous passages actually made me better understand how emergency services personnel respond to the most difficult situations, the boredom they have to deal with, and the need for humor as a coping mechanism. The workers also do not always receive the appreciation and respect they deserve. They become rightfully irritated when treated like servants, when they are threatened with lawsuits, or when the lazy try to take advantage of them, refusing even to sit up by themselves because a worker can pick them up. While Mayo's experiences occur in the greater metropolitan Detroit area, and a larger economically and socially challenged population exists there, I imagine emergency services workers need to deal with rude and inconsiderate patients constantly, whether in rural or metropolitan areas.

The humor in this book was so rich that I would recommend it to any emergency services personnel simply as a way to cope and relieve stress with a good laugh. Among the many humorous passages, one of my favorites was the response received from a patient when the admitting nurse asked for her name:

I'm too sick to talk. Ask my husband what my name is … can not you see I'm sick? What's …

Sherry Jones Mayo has written a tremendously informative and humorous book about the daily experiences of emergency services personnel, whether paramedics, EMTs, doctors, or nurses. After twenty years in the field, Mayo reveals multiple aspects of the job from caring for people who need emergency care, to experiencing tragic losses, difficult and often humorous patients, and coping with fatigue, emotional breaking points, and personal issues.

Most books about trauma are written for the victims and their caretakers-so the caretakers (counselors, responders to an emergency, even family members) can help the victims. Although television dramas pay homage to the courage of emergency services workers-especially in the ER-these programs tend to treat the situations as heroic and dramatic rather than showing the actual real effects-the emotional and physical toll-these experiences have on the workers. Mayo provides multiple aspects of how emergency services personnel respond to trauma, most of it becoming their everyday work, but the deaths of children, cases of child abuse, or situations that resonate with their own personal tragic experiences can require immediate counseling and crisis intervention to protect the workers. Burnout is common, but so is the deep feeling of reward when the greatest efforts pay off.

This book is rich in a variety of experiences ranging from doing emergency care on an airplane to helping overweight people out of their homes, and an emergency services worker experiencing an accident and then seeing things from the patient's side as her co-workers care for her . Mayo shares her own experiences throughout, but she also shares the stories of co-workers, her daughter who was inspired to follow in her mother's footsteps, and numerous other first-person accounts of helping in an emergency.

While "Confessions of a Trauma Junkie" has numerous telling and moving stories, what I appreciated most was the humor. The humorous passages actually made me better understand how emergency services personnel respond to the most difficult situations, the boredom they have to deal with, and the need for humor as a coping mechanism. The workers also do not always receive the appreciation and respect they deserve. They become rightfully irritated when treated like servants, when they are threatened with lawsuits, or when the lazy try to take advantage of them, refusing even to sit up by themselves because a worker can pick them up. While Mayo's experiences occur in the greater metropolitan Detroit area, and a larger economically and socially challenged population exists there, I imagine emergency services workers need to deal with rude and inconsiderate patients constantly, whether in rural or metropolitan areas.

The humor in this book was so rich that I would recommend it to any emergency services personnel simply as a way to cope and relieve stress with a good laugh. Among the many humorous passages, one of my favorites was the response received from a patient when the admitting nurse asked for her name:

I'm too sick to talk. Ask my husband what my name is … can not you see I'm sick? What's …

Humorous Resources

I would say that your number one resource for funny material is yourself. When searching for comedic stories, think back on your own life experiences. Often those embarrassing moments and awkward scenarios provide excellent, true-to-life humor that people can appreciate, relate to and enjoy. Such personal stories are doubly effective when they underscore a key point you're trying to make to your audience or when they offer a lesson to be learned from the experience.

Other definite perks of using your own stories include the fact that the material is truly authentic and original. Even if it's a common experience in the human family, your personal account will never be "worn out." As you go about your daily tasks, always be aware that the situation you find yourself in at any given moment may have some humor in it. You should always carry around a little pocket notepad and pen with you to capture ideas and insights when they occur.

The next best source for humorous material is friends and family. Again, their stories are the kind you know are genuine and that people are likely to respond to. The beauty of firsthand and secondhand accounts is that people can readily put themselves in the situation or imagine someone else close to them in the situation. If it's real, it's not ever going to come across as dry, manufactured or "trying too hard." Take the time to ask parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins, friends, etc. about funny stories and experiences, and literally start building a "humor database." Sometimes gathering others' stories is easier to do with a handheld recorder than trying to write everything down. Whatever the method you opt for, get started today. The more stories you have up your sleeve, the more prepared you will be.

What makes people laugh? What can you use to create humor during a presentation? There are a variety of ways in which you can spice up a presentation with a few laughs and smiles. You can use a joke, a story, an embarrassing moment, an exaggeration, a pun, irony, self-depreciation, a metaphor, a put-down, silliness, surprise, an anecdote, satire, the one-liner, innuendo, an embellished story, a witticism or even an outrageous statement. Humor really works well when you catch someone off guard, especially with exaggeration. For example, "It was so cold in NY that the Statue of Liberty was holding the torch under her skirt." Even a little embellishment can go a long way. Notice in the local newspaper: "Missing dog, right ear missing; broken left leg; half of tail gone; recently neutered. Answers to the name of Lucky." What about the shocking statement: "If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments."

TV comedians do the put-down very well, but if you follow their strategy, you have to be cautious you do not offend your audience. David Letterman once said, "Fall is my favorite season in LA, watching the birds change color and die." Keep watch …

Humorous Book Review – A Must Read

Have you ever asked yourself; What Happened to Common Sense? Well, you are certainly not alone, we all wonder what folks were thinking when they do stupid things and we are also often flabbergasted when our elected leaders make such ignorant or unethical decisions. Sometimes a bit of humor is the best way to address such hypocrisy, ignorance and stupidity. Something we can laugh at, perhaps to keep all the sound, fury and drama from making us cry due to the serious nature of all the issues.

It is for this reason that, I appreciate a humor book now and again, books like the Dilbert Series, and similar works. One great book I have recently read on this topic of common sense and one that I would definitely recommend to you if you feel the same as I do on this topic is;

“Gump’ism; The Wit and Wisdom of Forest Gump” by Winston Groom; Pocket Books, New York, 1994.

One wonderful quote in this book and mind you it is full of great quotes, so it is hard to pull just a single on out, but one I enjoyed was:

Don’t ever pick a fight with someone who is really ugly-looking!”

Decent advice, common sense, good idea; of course, as someone who is really ugly has nothing to lose and you perhaps do. And someone who is willing to fight and is ugly has probably been in many more fights than you and has better experience too. You see, it is just plain common sense and this book has nearly 90-pages of common sense quotes just like this one.…

Snorg Tees – New Funny Shirts Every Week

Snorg Tees are a company from Atlanta that specialize within funny tee shirts that cover a huge array of topics that include zombies, wordplay, television and movie quotes, geek culture, pop culture as well as the super random.

As far as offensiveness is concerned, Snorg Tees lean toward a more wholesome humor and shy away from vulgarity you might find upon other funny tee shirt websites. There include a couple of options you possibly would not wish to sport around your mother.

Anyhow, Snorg hung its first shirt shingle within the year 2004 with a few of the cleanest designs and sharpest one liners upon our planet. The company should get added bonus points for 3 additional great things:

· The company prints their shirts upon American Apparel tee shirts, that are soft, high quality, well fitting tee shirts made in the United States.
· The company provides updated designs at four dollars off the standard cost, so if you are on top of things, you can obtain a good deal.
· The company features a few of the best models within this Northern Hemisphere.

It is safe to say that they do not bat 100 in humor. A few of the tee shirts will sort of be lame, yet they possess hundreds of models, so their total average is not too shabby.

Therefore, the if you are On inclined to goofy, random and silly humor and possess an affinity toward sporting a comic gold Diamond Elissian across your chest, you shouldnt really give Those Snorg tees a chance.

One example is the "I'm Huge in Japan" tee shirt. The concept around this shirt is: You might not have conquered the American market for that top swallow calls compact disc that you recorded within your mother's basement, yet your stuff will totally be big overseas, particularly in Japan, and you understand what that will mean . It will mean that you are a bit ahead of the curve here within America. Thus, give it a bit more duration and your popularity ought to also explode stateside. If you tell all of your acquaintances and friends concerning your success within Japan, half of them will believe you. Half of those people will think you are going upon a swallow call tour within April.

They will believe you more if you wear an "I'm Huge in Japan" tee shirt each day. It is the sole way to convince those skeptics. …

Achieving A Strong Connection With A Woman – Learn The Secret PUA Routines!

Pick up artists have been using these routines for ages to achieve dating success, and you can too! Let’s discuss a few of them. Don’t be intimidated by the fact that these routines are used by really successful PUAs – they’re really nothing more than stories designed to make you look great and to get women to want to get to know you better.

Don’t expect me to go over some of the older, tired routines like “the jealous girlfriend” or “the cube.” We’re going to review some of the newer approaches.

The Present Routine – This is a very creative routine that will help you to learn a great deal more about your “chosen” target.

It couldn’t be easier – just go up to a group of girls and let them know that a business crisis called your buddy out of town unexpectedly. He called you when he got to his destination (tell them LA or Tokyo or Paris) and told you he needs you to go out and get a gift for his girlfriend. He said to spend up to $200 and he’ll pay you back. The problem is, you don’t know what to get her and so you’re asking them to help out.

This approach is beautifully simple – whatever the girls suggest you should get your buddies girlfriend, that’s something they themselves would like! Let’s say, for example, that one of the girls suggests that you get the girlfriend a gift certificate for a day at a spa. You now know that the girl who made the suggestion moves being pampered. If a girl suggests expensive things, accessories like Prada and YSL, you can be pretty confident that she also likes those costly accessories. This is highly useful information you can use later on in any number of ways.

Dating for Dummies – Women love men with a good sense of humor, and this approach will highlight yours.

Can you find a book on dating called “Dating for Dummies” or something similarly stupid? Find it and buy it.

Carry it with you into places you’d expect to meet women, like clubs, taverns, or whatever. Open it up to the chapter about pickup lines you should never use.

Now you can have fun – go up to a woman you’d really like to meet, hold the book open in front of you, and start reading the bad pickup lines out loud. You can get an awful lot of mileage out of this approach – look for the really terrible lines like “Do you come here often, baby?” and “If I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?” 

This approach will get you some laughs, unless she’s got absolutely no sense of humor at all, and she’ll let down her guard. You can even put on an innocent air and ask her if it “worked.”

Okay, so these are just a couple of tried-and-true PUA routines that ought to help you get your …

Book Review: UnMarketing by Scott Stratten

UnMarketing: Stop Marketing Start Engaging by the self-proclaimed “social media Jedi” and Canadian viral marketer, Scott Stratten, is an excellent reference guide for anyone who wants to better use social media to earn trust and build lasting business relationships.

The title is taken from an entirely new approach Stratten has about marketing where he suggests marketers need to unlearn their old tactics and methods and quit marketing to people in ways they wouldn’t want to be marketed to. Customers want to buy from people they know and trust, not from whoever feeds them the most aggressive sales pitch.

Stratten teaches you how to ditch the old marketing mindset and become an unmarketer. Instead of entering each business opportunity looking to close a sale, Stratten suggests using it as an opportunity to engage with potential customers and build lasting relationships. A strong relationship with a customer produces valuable repeat business versus a one-time sale made by pitching at them, Stratten argues.

Stratten’s conversational tone of writing and snarky humor make it easy to devour the delicious knowledge and expertise strewn across each page. You’ll find yourself nodding in agreement as he explains exactly how you can use today’s social media tools to engage your audience. Essentially nothing has changed even though the tools are brand new. People do business with those they know and trust. Simple. You already know how to do it, you just haven’t been told how to do it quite like this.

Stratten doesn’t over-complicate anything. In fact, he lists mistakes people make when they try to make social media more complicated than it is. The book is very beginner friendly, but chances are if you’re reading this blog you’re not a beginner anyway. Rest assured there’s plenty of pearls of wisdom in there for people who use social media day in and day out.

When I said it was a reference guide I meant exactly that. It reads like no reference guide I’ve ever read but I’m constantly referring back to the chapters in my mind whenever I’m connecting with people on Twitter or through my blog. It will no doubt prove to be more useful in my career that any marketing textbook I read in college.

Many companies you enjoy doing business with are likely already taking Scott’s approach, which is why you do business with them. Whether you realize it or not, the companies you do business with most often are those who are best at unmarketing themselves. It works.

At the risk of revealing too much, I will end by simply encouraging you to read this. I give it my highest recommendation. Be prepared to go to your next conference without a single business card after reading this book. Sound crazy? It actually makes perfect sense.…

Are Funny Office Gifts Appropriate?

Most people like clowns, do not they? If you want to bring a little fun into your office, you may consider purchasing funny office gifts. These presents will go along way in strengthening your rapport with coworkers, while putting a smile on their faces. You can find these jovial gifts at prankplace.com. This one stop shop offers funny gifts at an affordable price and will allow you to add a bright spot in anyone's day.

If you have decided that funny office gifts are right up your alley, you may want to take a moment to consider if everyone in your office will share your humor and enthusiasm. Before buying these gifts, you should take into account whether such gifts are really appropriate or practical for an office environment.

If you're thinking about buying a funny office gift, you should keep a few things in mind to make sure that you do not ruffle any feathers. One should think about whom they are buying the funny office gifts for. You should also consider how well you know this person or persons. Additionally, the gift giver should take into account how well the receiver likes humor. Also, note whether you feel comfortable enough with these people to know that your gift will warrant a favorable response? Unless you can answer "yes" to these questions, a funny office gift may be inappropriate. If this type a gift seems over the top, it may be time to look for something more conventional instead.

When done yell, humor can be a great catalyst for gift giving, but if done in poor taste or simply badly timed, it can be extremely negative and have a very poor impact as well.

When you want to give funny office gifts, or if you just want to pull a gag on someone, make sure the person receiving the gift is not offended by the gesture. The gift itself should not be at all demeaning or point out a shortcoming. Of course this is unprofessional at best, but it can also be considered humiliating and even malicious.

If you're pointing out someone's flaws, you may see problems arise from this. The best kind of humor is humor whereby the person being given the funny office gift is going to laugh loudest and first. This is going to help you figure out whether or not you should go with this gift or with something more practical.

When you give someone a gift, it should bring them pleasure and let them know that you think highly of them. This can be done with a tasteful funny office gift or a conventional present.

If you are unsure as to whether a giving a comical gift to someone in your office is inappropriate, get him, or her, a "real" gift in addition to the funny office gift. This not only gives you an out, in case the so-called "funny" gift falls flat, but it is also simply nice to give a quality gift …

Humor – What Is It?

Humor is always linked to comedy. It is generally recognized as something acceptable to, and enjoyed by everyone, no matter what his or her age. Learning to smile is one of the first recognizable displayed characteristics of newborn babies. The rhythmic expulsion of air from the lungs is recognized as laughter in a matter of weeks following the birth, and is a primitive form of basic communication. Mother Nature has already equipped young babies with a powerful tool they can use to good advantage as a key factor in human bonding, the building of special relationships and social cohesion in the years that follow.

If asked, most people would state they had a good sense of humor. Used for professional entertainment it becomes an art, whether it is for business or pleasure. It requires careful planning and skilful delivery. I have learned from experience that such skills can be taught and then must be regularly practiced by those interested in becoming comedians.

Humor is totally subjective, always provoking, and generates different reactions from different people. Effective comedians are few and far between partly because what is funny to one person is not funny to another. The large majority of an audience must quickly consider they have some kind of rapport with a comedian. The best comedians are considered to be intellectual observers of human activity. They are philosophical spectators of the humorous anomalies found in life.

Making others laugh is a masterful skill that can change lives. People who can get others laughing are usually seen as being charismatic and are usually highly admired in society. Humor also takes a key part in the act of attraction. In many cultures giggling is often a sign of a secret sexual tension expressed by both men and women. You're giggling are not you?

Humor makes uncomfortable situations more comfortable. It allows individuals to laugh no matter how grim living gets. It is such a nice feeling people will pay money to others to make them laugh. It is cathartic; it encourages an individual to purge their problems and painful emotions through the joy of laughter.

Study top comedians and you will soon realize that those skilled in delivering humor are great storytellers. Comedy is often based upon conflicting drama thrown up in life. It is not funny having to be funny. You need to be seriously funny to impress others. It is no joke. I mean that seriously.

Comedy and wit have little to do with an ability to tell jokes, or gags as they are sometimes referred to. People who 'tell jokes' are often seen as boring individuals with little sense of humor. They often begin their comedy routine with words along the line of 'Have you heard the one about "? True comedy is the practically enacted theory of the absurdities so often found in human relationships.

Experienced comedians are not afraid to laugh at themselves because humor is a universal human activity that allows the comedian to become a …

The Art Of Seduction Book – Review Of The Guy Gets Girl E-book Guide

Are you looking for the art of seduction book to enhance your skills and techniques in seduction? ‘Guy gets girl’ is one of the popular e-books that gives advises on dating, relationship and seduction. Most people find it unique because it was written by a woman. The author, Tiffany Taylor won various awards on her books and has made her name in these fields.

Practical information can be found in this ‘guy gets girl’ e – book, which includes how the psychology of a woman and a man work. It consists of topics on how a man can impress, seduce and date a girl. Some of the sub-topics are well elaborated written by the author. For example, how to use your body language to seduce a woman, how to flirt with her and how to use humor to attract her attention on you.

Guy gets girl’ was published since 2003, it’s still remained as the best selling dating e-book up to the present moment. It has been updated on 2008 with more contemporary skills.

Some valuable information that you can find in this dating guide:

1) What exactly women want in bed and out of it.

2) How to attract a woman if you are not rich or handsome, all you need to do is just to play the mind game well.

3) How to impress a woman and seduce her.

4) How to get inside the mind of a woman, and get her thinking about you.

This art of seduction book does include manipulative ways for you to apply to score your way through women. If your purpose is to seduce and attract women and to get results in the dating game, then the methods taught in this guide will help you.…

Top 20 Games Of All Time

20 – Mass Effect

I have never understood the appeal of Star Wars, at least not until I played Mass Effect. The complete immersion into a world a universe that Star Wars fans feel is what experienced after my first two missions.

19 – Minecraft

Yeah, someone’s trying to recreate Game of Thrones continent of Westeros in Minecraft. Yes, someone else made a to-scale replica of starship Enterprise, but I think there’s more fun in making a more humble thing in your private or shared world.

18 – Half-Life

Half Life 2 managed to both create the blueprint for the modern single player shooter and be the genre’s high water mark. It was first and, arguably, still is the best at what it does.

17- Half Life 2: Episode 2

Episode 2 just does everything perfectly. You have an adventure in a mining complex with a hilariously tame Vortigaunt companion, a frantic last-stand against hordes of antlions, an ambush where Combine troops destroy a mansion around you, and finely a battle with a legion of Striders.

16 – BioShock

To this day, horror games remain little more than jump scares and sudden sound blasts, Bioshock’s submerged tomb of forgotten dreams and broken promises consistently cranks out an ambiance far more discomforting than any blood-drenched wall or hulked-out zombie could ever hope for.

15 – Diablo II

I love Diablo II’s esthetic, which makes me feel like I’m living in a miniature model world like the kind once used to create film effects.

14 – Portal 2

It’s funnier and even more endearing than its predecessor, and invests several new types of puzzle that make the Porta gun seem even more amazing.

13 – Quake

Quake isn’t, it’s a phenomenon. Without it, TF2 wouldn’t exist. Perforating Fields with Nine-Inch nails and blasting Shamblers with quad-rockets is every bit as fun now as it was in ’96.

12 – Mass Effect

It’s been two years, and still cannot hear Shakerspeare’s name or any reference to his work without the voice of an Elcor reciting the most moving lines in hamlet popping into my head.

11- Counter-Strike: Source

It’s one of the few modern multiplayer shooters that doesn’t jangle with bells and whistles when it walks-there’s no cover system, iron-sights, kill-streak rewards, air-strikes, vehicles, or unlockable anything-just you, some ballistic weapons, level geometry, and a few grenades.

10 – Star Craft II: Wings of Liberty

The way armies animate and express players’ intentions shows Blizzard’s careful thinking and Frankensteinian craftsman-ship; they imbue life and true personality into unit models. Without 5C2’s ease-of-spectat-ing, it’d simply be a game, not a rising culture that anyone can participate in.

9 – Civilization 4

. It remains the pinnacle, and it is every bit as good today thanks to two things: several satisfying paths to victory, and the moddability that gave us gems like Fall From Heaven. As Civilization V proved, Firaxis broke the mold after making this one.

8 – Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead

What’s more …