Quotes out of context – next installment

Here is the next installment of quotes taken out of context in business meetings I have attended:

Is Jim Ashby going to make it home in time for “Parenthood”?
– Kris Kuhner

Everything is DEFCON 5
– Kris Kuhner

All the beaches left.
– Mark Matson

Snuff is the powdery stuff, right?
– Andrew Smith to John Perrin

Cannonball it!
– Pete Nieto to Michelle Burlingame

The fat American?
– John Perrin

You can’t trust an IPhone. Internets lie.
– Kris Kuhner

The Droid doesn’t lie.
– Kris Kuhner

The Droid will lie to you.
– Mark Matson

I’m going to leave before I get a nickname.
– Unidentified

A gold medal is a gold medal.
– John Perrin

Check back for more postings. If your name is mentioned and you’d like it removed, please email me at chris@focmnetworking.com and I’ll give your request strong consideration and may even possibly act on it. Seriously, though I will remove it if you want me to.

Background: This all started at a US Sales meeting and in order to stay focused on what was being said, I started writing down the business cliches, like “let’s circle the wagons”, “let’s table that”, “always be closing” and then count how many times they were said. As I began paying attention, I would hear a phrase that was appropriate for the context in which it was said, but wow, it sure was amusing to see the phrase just sitting there by itself. That lead me to put them into a slide show show so the phrase was seen in its purest form along with the person who said it. AS this became known, the slide set became the unofficial and humorous wrap-up presentation, kind of a summary of the things stated over the course of the meeting.

2 thoughts on “Quotes out of context – next installment”

  1. Regarding DEFCON quote:

    DEFCON 1 : maximum serious
    DEFCON 2 : armed forces ready to deploy
    DEFCON 3 : Air Force ready to mobilize in 15 minutes
    DEFCON 4 : above normal readiness
    DEFCON 5: normal readiness

    This term/jargon is used frequently in public sector, but usually inaccurately …,

    1. Thanks for the corrective information Melissa. If there is one thing FOCM wants to be, it is accurate.

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