I recently developed a new impression of a coworker. Mark has a very distinct way of starting a conversation. I’m not sure if I captured it that well in this video, since my original impression contains top-secret Google topics, but the gist is that he speaks almost as if he’s writing an essay in high school using the “funnel” method. He was most recently a teacher, so I guess that makes sense. He starts broad, and then narrows down to the point. It’s a very logical way to speak and easy to follow, but for some reason I’m making fun of it.

Today, just a day or two after I first debuted my impression to Nelson, Mark walked up to Nelson’s desk and unknowingly launched into a perfect impression of himself. I mean it was dead-on. A few words into it, Nelson and I simultaneously started laughing so hard that neither of us could talk. Nelson tried several times to compose himself as Mark attempted to proceed with the conversation, which of course only made it worse. I was at the point where tears were coming down my face, so I had to leave the cube for a few minutes and walked around with a goofy smile on my face.

After the conversation was over, I explained why we were laughing and performed my impression. After telling him that my impressions are limited to a select group of people (I think Nelson is the only other person on the list), he described it as being a member of the worst club you could possibly be in. I think he liked the impression.

By the way, I used YouTube’s “Quick Capture” feature to do this since Apple returned my repaired laptop without iLife (or even an operating system). Pretty cool that you can capture video in a regular web browser with Flash.

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  1. I was going to ask the same thing. If you do, here are some tips to help get it right:

    1. Wear a Red Sox hat and don’t shave for a few days…or weeks.
    2. Use a lot of “uhhs” and “umms” like you’re struggling to form a complete sentence (because, uhh, you are struggling to form a complete sentence)
    3. Completely butcher words and phrases (intentionally or unintentionally)
    4. Use your hands a lot as you talk. This helps distract people from listening to the stupid words coming out of your mouth.

    That should get you started.

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