Several years ago I was asked to make a presentation to my professional colleagues on the subject of non-employee related costs and how they should be dealt with in the budget development and control processes. Although being able to handle these items properly is very important, the subject seemed to be very dry and dull. To make the subject more interesting and memorable I devised the concept of Nercology and also drew some graphics to represent the various little characters that would highlight the areas that I wanted to address. I used these drawings as slides in my presentations.
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STYLE IN PEN DRAWING Art, with its finite means, cannot hope to record the infinite variety and complexity of Nature, and so contents itself with a partial statement, addressing this to the imagination for the full and perfect meaning. This inadequation, and the artificial adjustments which it involves, are tolerated by right of what is known as…
They were so popular that those attending wanted me to provide them with a written version of my presentation. That was the impetus for this book, which I then used as a handout in my subsequent presentations on this subject. Due to the popularity of this approach I developed presentations and the companion book on Sarcology to address various aspects of the salary and related cost subjects.
In both of these books the objective is to cover an important subject in a manner that will make a dry subject more interesting. It also helps to have various Nercs and Sarcs, which have definite personalities and likenesses to help the reader to remember the key points of the message. In my experience as a trainer I have found that this approach gives the attendee or reader something they can enjoy and easily recall when they face these situations in their professional careers.
I have used this book as handouts in my own college classes and seminars on finance and budgeting. Other professors and trainers have also used this material in their classes and seminars.