How do you Eat a Whale?

I have the opportunity to participate in Chamber functions a couple times a week. Part of that opportunity is networking with other businesses, and they are permitted to make presentations when they sponsor a table. There is one financial planner that says the same thing presentation after presentation. He has done it enough that the crowd answers his question before he can finish.

“How to you treat a whale?”

And the crowd answers, “One right at a time!”

Deep huh? I could see that, but why a whale? I guessed that you could plug in anything. How do you treat your dog, or friend? One right at a time! What that had to do with financial planning, I couldn’t even make a guess. It seemed to work for him, and I never had a question.

Then I got my hearing aids.

He got up to the podium at the next luncheon and leaned forward. “How do you eat a whale?”


“One bite at a time!”

What? One bite at time? Ah! Now that made much more sense. I was amazed at how I thought I was so close, and was not actually even in the same zip code. I was amazed at how hearing loss can take you out of understanding no matter how well you think you are coping.

So now I wear my  hearing aids. It helps one avoid misunderstandings when networking with other business who wonder why you can’t hear when you work with hearing loss. It’s bad for business.


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  1. Richard Reikowski

    I really enjoyed the play on words and your story Dale! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Marie

    Im really glad I kept reading, because I really thought I was missing the joke or something. lol! yeah…the slightest little sound differences can really make or break it.

    • Richard Reikowski

      Yes, a great sound difference!

  3. Gail Reagan

    That’s funny! Glad you finally heard what he was really saying!

    • Richard Reikowski

      Yes, funny one!

  4. Jen Subotnik

    Oh my goodness! This may be my favorite blog that you have written so far! I’m really glad you figured that one out.

    • Richard Reikowski

      A goodie for sure!

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