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Using Humor to Manage Stress: Is Your Humor Style Working for You?

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 16 Apr 2014

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:  

Putting Mimes to Good Use

Filed under: Podcast Series: Humor at Work - 15 Jan 2014

podcast There’s a reason advertisers spend a lot of time trying to make us laugh. Here are three great reasons why humor can help you with any workplace communication …

Why Funny Motivational Speakers are More Effective

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 13 Nov 2013

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:

Nine Nifty Customer Service Ideas

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 09 Oct 2013

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. 

Are You Fencing in Your Training?

Filed under: Podcast Series: Humor at Work - 31 Aug 2013

podcast Is it time to think outside the boardroom with your employee training? Plus, Mike’s fun at work tip offers up a simple idea to help employees connect with each other, …

Inspiring Workplace Cultures: What Stories are Your Employees Writing?

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 14 Jun 2013

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.

What Keeps Employees Motivated? Some Keys to Effective Motivation at Work

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 15 May 2013

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.

Speaking of Funny Business: Would It Kill You to Smile?

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 25 Apr 2013

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.

Funny Business Speaker, Funny Motivational Speaker or a Funny Speaker?

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 21 Jun 2011

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?

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