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The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #48, May 28, 2003

Please feel free to pass this along, over, under,
through, beside or between anyone and everyone. . .

WARNING: May be fattening if read while eating chocolates.

In this issue . . .
1. Laughing and Learning from Your Failures
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. Laughing and Learning from Your Failures

We’ve talked oh-so-many a time here about the importance of
learning to laugh at ourselves. Laughing at ourselves takes away
everyone’s ability to laugh at us, because we beat them to the punch line!
Laughing at ourselves keeps us humble, honest and human.

And laughing at your failures can also build up your tolerance for trying
out new ideas in the workplace. Consider this: truly innovative,
inspiring kinds of workplaces tend to have a healthy perspective about,
and tolerance of, failures. I’m not speaking about bonehead kind of mistakes, but failures that were achieved in the spirit of trying something new.
As the old maxim goes: If you are NOT failing, you are probably not
doing anything new.

Healthy workplaces (and people!) regard failures as opportunities:
to learn, to start again, to build from. Remember that virtually every
idea we live with today in our society was at first ridiculed or dismissed
out of hand, and, very often, came about as a result of numerous unforeseen failures.

A healthy sense of humor can help us maintain our perspective and morale in
the face of failure and create the kind of positive environment where people
feel supported, respected and encouraged to try new things on for size.

So the next time you try something new and things don’t go quite go
as planned (I think that’s called “life” isn’t it?), ask yourself two
simple questions:

1. What did I/we learn from this?
2. What can we find to laugh about out of all this?

Remember: If you learn to laugh at yourself, you’ll never run
out of things to laugh at.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

While speaking for a telecommunications company yesterday, I
enjoyed hearing their senior manager’s ideas for stress busting in
the workplace, so I thought I’d pass them along to you here, for
no extra charge (am I a nice guy or what?):

1. Skip down the hallways instead of walk.
2. Get down on your knees and drink directly from the
water cooler spout.
3. Walk sideways to the photocopier.
4. Phone up your co-workers and let them know you are
are too busy to talk right now.

It was a good reminder, even to me, that sometimes in the face of
stressful workplace challenges, sometimes the best remedy
is a little silliness.
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

“An optimist laughs to forget; a pessimist forgets to laugh.”
Tom Nansbury

Bonus Deep Thought of the Week:

Punctuality is the art of assessing how late the
other person is going to be.
5. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Multi-rich guy Bill Gates (or, as I like to call him, Bill Gates)
and news anchor Tom Brokaw recently left an interview at a coffee shop
– without paying for their coffee! Security had to chase after them, and
did manage to get the money out of them.

No word on who paid for the coffee . . .

Have a great week everyone! May the farce be with you!
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2003

Back issues of the Hump Day Express can be
found at

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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