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"Witty banter"? More nearly sarcastic and silly
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2021
The book claims to help you become "clever, quick, & magnetic." "Childish, sarcastic, and asinine" would be more accurate. Examples from the book itself: • "When someone says, 'I love my television,' . . . reply 'So, do your parents know that you guys are living together before marriage?'" • If someone says, "This coffee is terrible," say "I agree! My car's battery acid is tastier." • If someone promises, "I'll call you when I get home," you answer, "I didn't know it's possible to make a phone call from Mars, but okay." [pp. 142-143] Ha-ha. Witty, right?
Near the beginning of the book the author describes an experience of his own during a networking event at which he was being bored by a long-winded coworker. He tried to lighten things up by "making a joke about how network events were a human version of butt sniffing that dogs engage in." The author himself admits that this joke didn't work! What a surprise! Or maybe this is intended as an example of what NOT to do—but the author doesn't say so.
The truth is that different types of humor work for different types of people. Maybe the author's social persona enables him to use humor that is sarcastic and puerile, but for most people this approach is more likely to be counterproductive, if not in fact offensive. My wife and I are returning the book.