The 7 Minute Sketch

Every Wednesday I have BNI (Business Networking International), and I’ve been a part of this group for 4 years now.  We meet at 7am until 9am for breakfast and we share with each other about our business in hopes of creating referrals for each other to help our businesses grow.

During these meetings every week we have 1-3 speakers that will get an extra 7 minutes to tell more about thier business.  The listeners are to pay attention in hopes that what the speaker might say will bring about a referral that could be good for the speaker to act upon.  Part of the responsibility as a listener is to also fill out a speacker evaluation form as an effort to give constructive feedback to the speaker so they can improve for the next time.

Just recently I’ve gotten in the habit of taking these 7 minutes speeches as an opportunity to see if I can illustrate a cartoon on a topic that is relative to the topic that is discussed in the presentation.  This is harder than it sounds, because you can’t draw something if you don’t know what the joke will say.  Some industries I have not been able to come up with a joke and so I was not able to draw anything.  Its been a nice challenge for me and it is also entertaining to the speaker and those around who get a chance to read the cartoon after they had spoken.

In the cartoon below, Dennis Nix, who is a life insurance broker for Mass Mutual, was giving a talk on how when a person dies if they had been insured by Mass Mutual than they family of the deceased may get a check.  So as the cartoon clearly stats I made one of the tombstones in the grave yard a large over sized check to the amount of $1 Million, then one guy says to the other that he could tell which guy had Mass Mutual for his insurance.  Rough as it is, I like this one because the 7 minute cartoon challenge really came up with a gem that I think could be a finished Rackafracka.  This cartoon would be excellent for a newsletter, website or direct mail as well if Dennis wanted to do something like that.

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One Response to The 7 Minute Sketch

  1. bingdaddy October 5, 2008 at 8:58 am #

    Marty, this is a great idea, the 7 minute cartoon. Very clever. Good cartoon, too. Quite the talent.

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