Clever Jenny VIISituation puzzles (sometimes called lateral thinking puzzles) are ones where you need to ask lots of yes or no questions to figure out what happened in the situation. These are good puzzles for groups where one person knows the puzzle and answers the questions.
Jenny took a seat at her meeting. She used to hate meetings, because she always worried somebody might ask her a question, and she didn't want to look foolish in front of the Boss. Since she started going to Toastmasters, though, she was starting to enjoy meetings and even spoke up once in a while.
The Boss began talking about the new marketing project. She had seen an email about this less than an hour ago and hadn't really had time to get any good ideas about it. Suddenly the Deputy Boss asked, "Jenny, what sort of contribution can your group make to this new initiative?"
Jenny had a moment of panic. Then she remembered what she had seen at Toastmasters meetings and responded.
What did Jenny say? How did she handle this unanticipated question?
HintWhat would you do in such a circumstance?
AnswerJenny bought herself a few precious seconds by standing up, thanking the Deputy for his question, and repeating the question. Then she extemporized:
"This is a challenging enterprise; I received an email about it just a short while ago and have only had time to form a general concept. I will ask my group to form three teams. One will brainstorm slogans for the campaign. The second will draft text for sample ads. And the third will develop graphics to go with the text. That's what the planning looks like so far. We will know more tomorrow after the teams have had a chance to get together. We will want to coordinate with other groups working on similar issues. And we will be very interested in feedback and coaching from Ms. Hawkins." She nodded to her supervisor, who grinned and gave her a thumbs up.
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