Aruna had to do a presentation for her company in a large, packed amphitheatre, standing at the bottom in the light, looking up at the rows of seats of people, mainly in the dark. Just as she was about to start, an unseen man sitting way up at the top yells out: “Hey Aruna, you’re just as beautiful as you used to be 20 years ago.”
And everybody laughs. Of course.
And not only that. Because they all worked for the same company, they were probably thinking: “WOW! Did they have an affair 20 years ago?”, “Why is he saying that?”, “Did he sleep with her?”, “What kind of relationship do they have?” They were certainly no longer thinking about Aruna’s topic.
Many women who have been sabotaged in this jovial manner are taken aback and feel embarrassed. They end up just laughing because everybody else is laughing. Huge mistake! Because now everyone is distracted, and she may have just lost credibility by not handling the situation.
It looks like Mr. Joker has just pulled the rug out from under her feet. Some people may even start feeling sorry for her!
But Aruna didn’t make this mistake. She was Shelle’s student for many years and didn’t fall into the trap. She knew exactly what to do when somebody throws you a “Banana Peel,” implying: “Here, darling, slip on this!”
She followed Shelle’s teachings about how to handle a “Banana Peel”, by throwing it right back to the person who threw it at her. And she was brilliant!
Aruna said: “Gee Peter, unfortunately I can’t say the same for you”. Everyone laughed, and she immediately regained credibility and did a great presentation.
Later, she told Shelle: “If I hadn’t known how to respond to a banana peel, I probably would have fallen in the trap of laughing and lost credibility.”