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The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #43, April 23, 2003

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In this issue . . .

1. Use Humor to Soften a Difficult Message
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Introductory Putting Humor to Work Tape/CD Offer
4. Quote of the Week
5. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Use Humor to Soften a Difficult Message

Adding a little safe humor is a great way to soften
difficult, controversial or authoritative workplace messages.

Humor can be used to grab people’s attention in a friendly,
positive way and sweeten any message so it goes down just a
little more smoothly. In fact, a touch of humor has been shown
in studies to increase the likelihood that people will comply
with a request or regulation.

For example, instead of the typical “NO PARKING OR YOU
WILL BE PROSECCUTED BLAH BLAH BLAH” sign, a veterinarian office
put up a sign saying: Please, No Parking Here. Violators Will
Be Neutered.

Another company sends out payment overdue notices with the
message: “You’re now 10 months overdue, which is longer than your
own mother carried you! Please pay!”

A bank used humorous posters to highlight some common mistakes
employees were making. Within two weeks the amount of errors dropped
by 95%!
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Start a “Meet ______”, a fun weekly, bi-weekly or monthly e-message
to introduce employees or important clients to everyone in
your business or department. Include a photo and a few fun,
personal facts about the person.
3. Introductory Tape/CD Offer

Now available: A double-set cassette tape or CD album by
Michael Kerr.

Program One: You Can’t Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work
Program Two: Laughing for the Health of It!

The introductory price, good until May 31st,is:

$20.00 for the tape package,
$25.00 for the two-set audio CD package
plus $4.00 shipping and handling

Order today (or tomorrow, or, okay, the next day)
by calling our toll free line at 1-866-609-2640.
4. Quote of the Week

Life essentially doesn’t work. And that’s the basis for
endless humour. Cartoonist Grahan Wilson

Bonus two-for-one quote (while supplies last) . . .

When you can smile when all else has gone wrong, you must be a
plumber working for triple time on a Sunday.
5. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

A 33-year-old man from Syracuse, New York is facing charges after
he bit a police dog . . .

Let’s hope the man doesn’t have rabies.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2003

Back issues of the Hump Day Express Can be found

International speaker Michael Kerr, “The Workplace Energizer” is
the author of five 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 skills.

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