Since we’re in the middle of Humor Month and Stress Awareness Month, let’s look at how our style of humor might be either helping or hindering our fight against stress. Humor researchers have created a Humor Styles Questionnaire, which classifies humor styles into four different categories:
Okay, so as someone who is considered a “funny motivational speaker” maybe I’m a tad biased on this topic. But having seen (and coached) dozens upon dozens of speakers over the years, I can definitely attest to the fact that funny motivational speakers are far more effective at getting their message across, for a number of reasons:
I don’t care what you do for a living, you are in the customer service business. Here are nine ideas on how to stand out from the herd with your service (and even if you aren’t running a store or hotel, everyone of the underlying principles apply to all of us):
1. Offer an outrageous customer service policy that people will truly notice. Zappos, the on-line shoe biz, offers customers a 100% money-back return policy for up to 365 days with free shipping in both directions.
Beryl, whose phenomenal culture I speak of often, has a fabulous book called Smile Guide – Employee Perspectives on Culture, Loyalty, and Profit. The book features ideas, tips, stories, quotes and insights not from the CEO or higher ups, but, as the title suggests, from the employees. It’s their front line, in-the-trenches look at what Beryl has done to create an inspiring workplace.
This infographic created by Salesforce does a fabulous job at summarizing some of the key factors that influence employee motivation. It’s a great reminder of everything we talk about here at Humor at Work: that money, for the most part, is only a great motivator when it comes to people searching for work or coming into work week after week. In other words, money puts warm bums in the seats. But to get employees truly involved, engaged and inspired, it takes much more than just a good pay check.
As a business speaker who speaks on the role of humor in leadership and business and the importance of building a strong workplace culture, I am continually amazed at the number of senior business people who still take themselves so seriously.
Are you looking for a funny speaker, a funny business speaker, funny motivational speaker or a business speaker who happens to be funny and entertaining?