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Humor at Work: Banking on Humor as a Business Advantage

Banking on a Little Fun as a Humor Advantage

Who says bankers don’t have a sense of humor? Chris Pennewill,

a banker with Whitney Bank in Sarasota, Florida, credits his

sense of humor for boosting his career success. His boss, Tramm

Hudson, took four months to recruit him, partly because of his

smart and savvy use of humor. “He’s not a gregarious, hail-

fellow, and he’s certainly not the clown,” Hudson said.

“He only injects humor at appropriate times, and he pulls it

off with a lot of grace and style and with a certain presence.”

Three things to note here. First, examples such as this are a

reminder that no matter how serious the profession, a sense

of humor can help, sometimes a lot. Second, the effective use

of humor has a lot to do with the style and timing of the humor

you use. Third, if you want to develop a knack for using

effective humor at the right time, like anything else, it takes

practice. (Or, well, you can always hire me to speed up the

process. Just a thought.)


Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Comedian Steve Martin hands out business cards to strangers he

meets with the following message on them: “This certifies that

you have had a personal encounter with me and that you found

me to be warm, polite, intelligent and funny.” Steve Martin

What a fabulous idea! Create a unique personal message from

yourself for the back of your business card OR create a separate

fun, memorable separate card to use at networking events.


Quote of the Week

“It has been often said that if you line up all the cars in the

world end to end…someone would be stupid enough to try and

pass them.” Anonymous


It’s a Wacky World

Today, February 16, is “Do a Grouch a Favor Day.” So remember

what Gandhi said and be the change you want to see in the world

by doing a favor for the biggest grouch in your office. Of course,

if YOU’RE the biggest grouch, then go shopping and buy yourself

something nice!


Copyright Michael Kerr, 2011

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