My good inspector friend, Jeff Herboldshimer, from the Yuba City, California area shared with me a great video that makes me think about the way many inspectors treat their home inspection reports and clients. Instead of speaking simply and directly, there seems to be a widespread use of inspectorspeak attempting to “Baffle ‘em With Brilliance.” You know, look smart by using phrases that nobody understands.
Check out this video that describes the function of a Turbo Entabulator...
You may recognize the item as a transmission. Here is the verbiage that helps to explain the video and how it came about...
Many years ago Rockwell International decided to get into the heavy duty automatic transmission business. They were getting ready to tape their first introductory video. As a warm up, the stage crew began what has become a legend within the training industry. This man should have won an academy award for his stellar performance.
Now keep in mind, this was strictly off the cuff; nothing was written down. NO TELEPROMTER, Nothing he says is true. He had NO script! This was a rehearsal for camera, lighting and stage crew. It's all totally meaningless drivel made up as he goes along. It has been said that this video is still utilized as a training aide for incoming Congressmen, lawyers, and White House Administrators.
Whether or not this was a staged recording or off the cuff, it is still a classic. The next time a home inspector starts to baffle you with brilliance, ask him what he thinks about the Entabulator. Just shake your head back and forth in disgust if they profess not knowing what a Turbo Entabulator is, and maybe that will bring your inspector back down to earth and explain what they know and admit to what they are clueless about.
Make it a great day!
Michael Leavitt - Master Inspector - Orem, Utah - www.TheHomeInspector.com
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME SOMEBODY TRIED TO BAFFLE YOU WITH THEIR BRILLIANCE?