Wow! This is JUST what I have been up on my soap box about lately! Just because some directors or consultants do something one way, does NOT mean it is the best way! Enjoy this humorous story from Better Life Media.com.
The “How to Open Your Banana” story can be found on “Terri Sjodin Live – New Sales Speak: The 9 Biggest Sales Presentation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.” (DVD)
Terri Sjodin: And before we go any further, I just want to talk very briefly about, “that’s what everybody does.” I have a really good friend, his name is John Crudele and he was down in South America. He was working with some kids in a camp, and they had gone out into the fields one day and they were cutting down a bushel of bananas. And he goes to rip one of the bananas off the bushels. So he cracks open this banana and all the little kids that are around him start cracking up.
They’re like, “Hehehe, you opened your banana wrong!”
He’s going,”What are you talking about?”
Then another camp counselor comes over and he sits down next to him, and he said, “What’s wrong?”
And John said, “I don’t know. All the kids are laughing at me.”
And he goes, “Why?”
And John said, “Because the kids say I open my banana wrong.”
And the other counselor said, “Well son, you do.”
And he goes, “What are you talking about?”
And he said, “Nature shows us the path of least resistance.”
And the easiest way to open a banana is actually from the other end where the little flat tip is. All you have to do is pinch the end of that banana, and it will naturally part. And then as soon as you want it to, you just pull it back, and it takes all of the strings with it, and you don’t get the mushy-squishy thing going on if you struggle with the stem side.
So as soon as he tells me this, I’m like, I so wish I had a banana right now. And sure enough, I got home, and I tried it, and it works! And I always get emails later from people that go, “Oh my gosh, Terri, that banana thing works!” and I’m like, “I’m not lying! Why would I lie?” Of course it works!
And then I thought to myself, “Isn’t this weird?” Because I live in the United States of America, and we’re a pretty progressive country. How come people don’t know this? And all our lives, we’ve been brought up for the most part, most of us, to open our banana that way. And that’s what we do, but that’s not the best way. Just because that’s what everybody does, doesn’t mean that it’s the best way to do things. There are different ways that are faster and more effective, and they can be just as simple. They’re just gonna feel different; they’re just gonna be different than what you’re currently doing.