Funny Business

Over the past 28 years, I’ve seen business owners and managers do some very strange things and make even stranger decisions.  A lot of it is that many of them aren’t all that computer savvy so they tend to listen to the loudest voice around them on the subject of technology.  Because some of these situations and decisions are extremely funny, I’ve created a number of short and, hopefully, humorous videos that I hope you will get a laugh or two out of, but also, perhaps, recognize situations and scenarios that you’ve come across.  (Every one of them is based on actual events and I’ve just put my particular brand of, English, humor in them.  If any of them cause offense (and you know me, then maybe the film is about you or maybe not); if you don’t know me, then you’re taking them the wrong way because I’m not pointing fingers at specific people or departments, unless, as I said, you do know me).

Are you computerized?

This is the first in a series of videos poking fun at some of the crazy things I've seen business owners and managers do. In this case, it is a matter of 'Are you computerized or just using computers?'. Watch the video to find out the difference.

The Report

Why go to all the trouble of printing reports that nobody will ever look at? It's a good question and yet businesses do it all the time.

The Consultant

Is your consultant interested in helping you or just selling you the most expensive solution he can find? Discover how a 'greedy' consultants plan fails when he comes across somebody who is well aware of what he is trying to do.

The IT Department

Our hapless business manager find out exactly what his IT department is doing and it's not what he thought they were!

The Technophobe

Our confused business manager gets a valuable lesson in how to deal with people who try to baffle him with techno-babble.

Spreadsheet Hell

Have you ever really thought about the drawbacks of using a spreadsheet based system for managing your business? Our office manager certainly hadn'gt.

The Developer

So you hired a developer to build you a custom FileMaker™ solution. But did you hire the right one. Our struggling office manager finds out the answer.

The Rewrite

Having commissioned a custom SQL system that doesn't work, our office manager is about to do the same thing all over again.

Shiny New Thing

Our enthusiastic office manager has just bought new computers and software for the entire office. But has he spent his money wisely?

FileMaker

Two friends discussing FileMaker™

Change

Nobody likes change but is it as bad as we all think it's going to be?

Shuffling Paper

Are you still in the habit of printing everything? With modern technology, there is very little need to do so. Join our office manager as he finds out there is more to life than paper.

ROI

Not sure what ROI is or how to figure it out? Our clueless business owner is given a short lesson and, almost, takes the wrong action.

Memory

There are many people who rely on their memory and keep everything in their head, but what happens when nobody can access that information?

The Insultant

Sometimes it's not the thing we say that make a difference; it's the way that they are said. Different approaches resonate with different people.

Celebrity Voices

The voices of John Cleese, Billy Connolly and Jack Nicholson were all voiced by Rick Whelan. If you ever need top quality voice over work, click on his photo to go to his web page. He's a great guy, very creative and does terrific work. Make sure to tell him I sent you.

 

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