That Which Pertains Only to Me

Unleashing Bold Initiatives

Sometimes cartoons aren’t about being clever or wordplay. Sometimes they’re simply telling an unvarnished, universal truth. That’s the cartoon above.

I was in the audience where a speaker had ended her presentation and asked for questions from the audience. There was your standard bunch of questions, and then, as happens at any such event, one person stood up and proceeded to tell their life story, ask a nonsensical circular question peppered with the aforementioned life story, offered further long-winded repetitive rebuttal of the answer, wash, rinse, repeat.

You could feel the subtle shift in the room’s gravity as everyone’s eyes rolled.

But me being me, I drew the cartoon above on the back of a business card, and judging by already swift sales, hit a nerve.


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website,

4 Reactions
  1. Seriously. I have thought about running over and tackling these guys many times. Not necessarily life stories every time, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been sitting in attendance of a lecture or presentation and some person starts asking irrelevant and/or nonsensical questions that only they care about.

  2. That’s why have a good moderator at hand! 🙂 Btw: Have you heard about Moderators Town?

  3. No. Tried Googling it, but didn’t find anything. What is it?

    BTW, sorry for the delayed response. For some reason I didn’t get an alert that someone responded to my comment.

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