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The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #21, October 23, 2002

Please feel free to fax it, e-mail it, snail mail it, feed it to your dog
or wait for the soon-to-be-released motion picture version

In this issue . . .

1. What’s Blocking Your Humor?
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World
1. What’s Blocking Your Humor?

What is stopping you from having more fun at work? Fatigue? Stress?
Fred? As important as it can be to identify some ways of sparking more fun at work, sometimes identifying (and then removing!) the blocks in our path is even more crucial.

There are no shortage of possible humor blockers. Look at this list and think about which ones are possibly hardening YOUR funny bones.

Physical environment of the office
Fear of looking foolish
Fear of being judged
Fear of not looking professional
Fear of being fired
Too much work
Too little work
Unrewarding, uninspiring working environment
Pressure to conform
Autocratic boss(s)
A large angry dog with rabies that is running loose in the
building terrorizing everyone
Rude customers
Rude co-workers
Strange smells
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Before sitting down for a brainstorming session, fire up your brains,
loosen your inhibitions and crank up the laughter by playing a fun
game with participants: charades, Pictionary or even theatre improv games
like the ones featured on Whose Line Is it Anyway? are all excellent
ways to get the creative juices flowing.
3. Quote of the Week

What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. Yiddish proverb
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

The world champion master of the old “Rock-Paper-Scissors” (RPS) game will be decided in Toronto on November 16th, lending further evidence to the notion that yes, there truly is a conference for everything.

Organizers suggest that rock-paper-scissors is an excellent way to resolve everyday conflicts in the workplace. (Just be wary of “cloakers”, who attempt to delay their final hand position by a nanosecond in order to get the upper hand on you!)
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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