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Manage Stress at Work with a Humor Flip Flop

Practice the Art of the Humor Flip Flop

A simple way to avoid feeling embarrassed and getting

stressed out during an awkward moment is to practice

pulling what I call a “humor flip-flop” – a quick mental

back flip if you will, that helps you reframe a stressful

event in a silly way. So, for example, if you trip in the

hallway, you can leap to your feet and confidently yell

out: “Wow! A 9.2 from the Hungarian judge. I’m off to the

Olympics everyone!” You can develop a repertoire of all

purpose flip flops as well, standard recovery lines much

in the same vein as comedians have ready when a joke bombs

or a heckler attacks. Lines such as, “Where’s my stunt

double when I really need them?”, “Is it tomorrow yet?”,

“I really didn’t order this”, or “It takes a very special

human being to do what I just did”, can all be used in any

number of situations. (and if you have any suggestions for

recovery lines, please pass them along and I’ll share

them with the gang.


Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Collect company legends, amazing success stories and funny

tales on video tape for posterity. The videos can be used

in your training, in employee orientation, to kick off a

meeting, or played as part of a team celebration. It can

be a fun way to capture your organization’s spirit, keep

your history alive, and instill a sense of pride in your



Quote of the Week

“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old

because you stop laughing.”


It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

This one just kills me: A British recruitment firm had an

ad rejected by a government job center because the ad

discriminated against people who “AREN’T reliable.” Yes,

their ad went too far by saying they were looking for

reliable people, because those poor unreliable people

would feel discriminated against! (Of course, if they

truly are unreliable, then you probably couldn’t even

count on them to mount an effective lawsuit anyways.)


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