The Inconvenience of Convenience
It’s Kinda Funny Part 3
–By Jan McInnis, Comedian and Keynote Speaker
Convenience is spilling over into every industry. As I’m writing this, I got some great news about a new convenient program from my health insurance company. If I want to pay the monthly premium over the phone, then there will be a $15 “convenience fee” for talking to their customer service rep. The bank marketing guys must have gotten jobs in health care.
Being “green” by recycling isn’t super convenient, though the people in charge of making us “green,” whoever they are, are trying harder. They’re now coming out with “green burials.” That’s right, green burials: being buried naked without a casket. What do the Pall Bearers hold on to??? Actually ”buried without a casket” sounds like the way I felt during a really bad day at my last job when I was snowed under with paperwork. But what it really means is that you get the exact burial you’d get if you were the target of a Mafia hit. And you don’t even have to be Italian!
I don’t know if all of this “convenience” is really helping us buy our groceries, pay our health care premiums, save the planet, bank better or whatever. But I do think they are giving us a lot more things to laugh about, which should, in turn, help alleviate the stress they’re causing us. How convenient!
About the Author . . .Jan McInnis is a comedian, comedy writer and professional speaker who has shared her customized humor keynotes with thousands of associations and corporations. She is also the author of “Finding the Funny FAST; How To Create Quick Humor To Connect With Clients, Coworkers And Crowds,” and “Convention Comedian: Stories and Wisdom From Two Decades of Chicken Dinners and Comedy Clubs.” She was featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, and the Washington Post for her clean humor.
From a health care client: “Jan McInnis was the keynote speaker at our conference in Anaheim. She did a fantastic job! Not only did we laugh heartily, but we gained insight into how to use humor to improve communication, particularly in the workplace. I heartily recommend Jan and would enjoy having her present to our organization again in the future.”
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