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The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue # 13, August 28, 2002

Please feel free to tie this to a moose, pass it to friends and co-workers, paste it onto your CEO’s forehead, post it on your health and safety bulletin board . . .

In this action packed issue(soon to be a major motion picture):

1. Make Me Laugh – Communicating With Humor
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip of the Day
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World . . .
1. Make Me Laugh – Communicating With Humor

Any time we social beings known as Homo Sapiens communicate with each other, there is an opportunity to enrich the exchange with some positive humor. Whether you’re speaking before an audience of 500 business executives, talking on the phone, sending an e-mail, leaving a phone message, posting a bulletin or preparing a manual, humor can help create a more personal and more human touch. Adding humor can grab people’s attention (and keep it), enhance your credibility, and help people to remember you and your message. Humor can help you soften the blow when delivering bad news, deliver authoritative messages with a lighter touch and help bring dry material to life.

A veterinarian clinic, for example, delivered a serious message with some humour by posting a sign in their parking lot warning that parking violators “Would Be Neutered.”

One company I worked with, rather than creating the usual boring organizational charts, scanned in baby photos of all their employees to show the structure of the company. Other companies are turning their annual reports into fun plays or even musicals to deliver their key messages.

And some folks are even adding humor to their business cards to help make them more memorable. By adding a fun alternative job title, silly photo on the back or a humorous quote, customers and associates are far more likely to remember you and hang onto your business card.

Remember we’re not talking about a choice between being serious and being humorous – what I’m advocating is using humor as a tool for delivering your important messages in a more effective way.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip – Communicating With Humor (Part Two)

Add a bit of humor to your voice mail or phone message. Perhaps a fun thought of the week, wacky quote, or a tidbit of work related trivia. If it catches on in your office you could even have an annual award for the “Most Fun Voice Mail Message” in the office. =====================================================================
3. Quote of the Week

“Some people bring happiness wherever they go, some people whenever they go.” Oscar Wilde
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World – Avoid Workplace Belly Flops

A 320-pound meat factory worker in London, England was sentenced to community service work after he was charged with belly flopping onto a co-worker on the meat factory floor.

Please kids, as much as I’m advocating fun in the workplace, surely there are some safer alternatives to belly flopping on to each other . . .
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2002

Michael Kerr, “The Workplace Energizer” is the author of 5 books,
including When Do You Let the Animals Out? and You Can’t Be Serious!
Putting Humor to Work. Michael delivers keynote talks and workshops
on humor in the workplace, business creativity and public speaking

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