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If we’ve got books and products out there in the world,
available for purchase to anyone who is willing to buy, then we have to be
ready to accept negative reviews.
Opinions are subjective, and everyone has a right to have
And I wouldn’t even be talking about this subject if it
weren’t for the fact that my very first review was negative. And not just
negative, but mean.
In today’s cynical, bullying, dark and mean internet
culture, many of the negative reviews we receive are just a high tech version
of heckling. Lonely, one-hand-typing,
basement dwelling bullies are just waiting for the opportunity to show
the world how superior they are by telling (as they imagine) the world how much
your book or product sucks.
And I’m okay with that. Really. It’s part of the game today.
I expected negative reviews the moment I put my book up for sale. Not everyone
was going to like my book.
But here’s my problem today:
If you’re going to leave a negative review for my book, you
really should read it first.
My book is about humor, and joke telling, and negative
reviews illustrate joke telling principles I teach. If you’re going to leave a
snotty review, I’m going to turn you into a joke.
Again, I don’t want to whine and complain about a negative
review, I just thought that maybe by examining this negative review that
started my book campaign, maybe I could help others understand their own
Let’s take a look.
Here’s my first special review:
“This is a terrible book - it is misleading as you won't
learn much about how to communicate better with humor - just a bunch of random
jokes that aren't even funny.”
First: There are thirteen chapters of joke telling
instruction and how joke telling relates to all other kinds of communication.
If you’re looking for “step 1, step 2, step 3”, you need to look in the “special”
book section. But this part is STILL acceptable. The reviewer didn’t like the
Second: A collection of jokes is random by nature. You were expecting specific jokes?
And finally: If you don’t think the jokes in my book are
funny, then you REALLY need this book, because you don’t GET jokes. These are
the funniest jokes in the world. I’ve collected them for twenty five years. I’m
sorry, but this is not subject to opinion. These jokes come from joke telling
masters. Many are age old classics. If you don’t find these jokes funny, talk
to me! I can help. You can learn to have a sense of humor.
So there you have it. I received a negative review, and then
I hope this will help you better understand the sloping
foreheads that are behind overly negative reviews.
This one raised a few eyebrows, and frankly, those are my favorite jokes:
After a night on the town, a young woman invited her date into the house. "You can't make any noise," she warned him. "My parents are in bed and if they find out you’re here, they'll kill us." The couple started kissing on the sofa, but after a while the young man said, "I have to go to the bathroom!" “You can’t use the bathroom, it’s right by my parent’s room. They’ll hear you!” “But I really have to go!” “Well,” she replied. "Just, use the kitchen sink." So he tip toed to the kitchen. A few minutes later, he popped his head around the door and asked, "Do you have any toilet paper, or should I just use the dish towel?"
Mean people tell terrible jokes. They want to hurt people. They
want to embarrass people.
When a nice person tells a joke, the audience knows that the
joke teller wants them to laugh. The joke teller wants the audience to be
happy, and they can tell! So be gregarious! Be happy and friendly. Your audience will
respond better to your jokes. If they feel that you are hostile, they will be
defensive. Yes, there are hostile comics. There are insult comics. But
humor like that is a specialty, and is better to be left to the professionals. Never forget: Jokes are about laughing and happiness. Be
happy and friendly. You want your audience to laugh and be happy. They’ll
understand, and they’ll like your joke more.