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Sometimes I'll make up fictional names and throw them into the conversations I have with people. Many people nod knowingly or even add a word of praise for the fictional person. It is a technique I picked up from direct marketing pioneer J. Thomas Oxford to ascertain who's going to be upfront with me.
  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

    It is a technique I picked up from direct marketing pioneer J. Thomas Oxford
    Not to be confused with the equally fictitous "Thomas J. Oxford", perhaps?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    When I was younger and partied more, I'd introduce myself at parties or bars with an outlandish name just to watch people's reaction.

    Hi, I'm Noggustram Nigglenorf.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      When I was younger and partied more, I'd introduce myself at parties or bars with an outlandish name just to watch people's reaction.

      Hi, I'm Noggustram Nigglenorf.
      What I want to know is if you were "partying", how you pulled off saying that tongue twister of a name without slaughtering it, lol!

      Terra
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

        What I want to know is if you were "partying", how you pulled off saying that tongue twister of a name without slaughtering it, lol!

        Terra
        My dear, not all parties involve alcohol.

        Of course, for the ones that did, I pulled that rabbit out of the hat early on.
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        • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
          Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

          My dear, not all parties involve alcohol.

          Of course, for the ones that did, I pulled that rabbit out of the hat early on.
          Smart man!

          Oh, and how do you know that your joke sucked?

          When you have to explain it...

          Speaking of name dropping, no one knows this better than Mister Ty Tull-Plummet. :p
          Mister... Name -Ty Tull (title) Drop (Plummet). :p

          Terra
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          • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
            Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

            Smart man!

            Oh, and how do you know that your joke sucked?

            When you have to explain it...

            Mister... Name -Ty Tull (title) Drop (Plummet). :p

            Terra
            That was a made up name?!! I thought that was a french playwright. Tull-plume-mey. Didn't he write A Season for Scissors and I Once Found a Locket?
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            • Profile picture of the author Kay King
              As an environmentally responsible person, when I drop a name I always stop and pick it up before moving on....
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  • Profile picture of the author PROmotions LLC
    I heard something similar from renowned marketing guru Stephon Chezburgru
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by PROmotions LLC View Post

      I heard something similar from renowned marketing guru Stephon Chezburgru
      My friend, Stephen Cheeseburger (correct spelling) recently went Hollywood and shortened his immigrant name to "Cheese" .

      It worked, he recently got a promotion to Mayor of Cleveland. He now goes by...yup....Mayor MacCheese.
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  • Profile picture of the author PROmotions LLC
    I didn't really know him like you did Claude, but I did hear he came up with this marketing idea:

    (starts at 0:19)

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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Speaking of name dropping, no one knows this better than Mister Ty Tull-Plummet. :p

      Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

    Sometimes I'll make up fictional names and throw them into the conversations I have with people. Many people nod knowingly or even add a word of praise for the fictional person. It is a technique I picked up from direct marketing pioneer J. Thomas Oxford to ascertain who's going to be upfront with me.

    P.P. Cranium told me you'd try to pull this one off sooner or later.
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