I only know one good joke. It works for me in this aviation business, but you’ll have to wait. Because I only know one. I’ve tried to learn more, but somehow I don’t remember them right. And I’m not that funny.
But that’s not my point here. If you need more than one joke, learn some clean ones. I’ve found that participating in coarse jokes or cussing in business settings sometimes gives others the impression that they can behave less than professionally with me. Which then can lead to other inappropriate gestures.
I have found this to be especially true for younger women just entering the workplace. And even more true if she’s in a male-dominated industry with a bunch of older men. Like aviation. Which leads me to my joke. My one and only.
Are you ready?
How do you know when you’re half way through a date with a pilot? When he—or she, I suppose—says enough about me, let’s talk about my airplane. Look, if you work with pilots, you get it. If you don’t, well, please send me some more jokes!!! I could use them. But please, make them short so I don’t mess up the punchline. And if you’re a good joke-teller, and a woman in a male dominated industry, think twice about what you’re communicating with the kind of language you use.
Crude familiarity is no joke when it comes back around.