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The Hump Day Humor-Gram March 10, 2004 Issue #80

In this issue . . .

1. Astonishing Humor in the Workplace Breakthrough!
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Astonishing Humor in the Workplace Breakthrough!

I recently made a discovery that would trump finding life
on Mars: Yes, I actually observed humor in action during an
airport security check!

It happened while returning from a humor conference in
San Francisco earlier this week. The fellow who was
scanning the shoes for would-be shoe-bombers was the most
engaging, lively, humor-filled security person I have ever
seen (even in San Francisco!).

He engaged the two long lines of travellers in a running
commentary, joking about “airport-friendly boots”
vs. “non-airport friendly shoes,” asking people to dance
while they lifted their shoes and commenting on how one married
couple had started to look alike a sure sign that they had to
have been married at least five years. And he told us that he
could spot boots three months later, better than most people’s

By being present, a little animated and enthusiastic about his
job, this one individual had everyone laughing, or at least
smiling. And he turned what is typically a sombre, stressful
experience into an enjoyable one, simply by tapping into a little

Now, if we could just work on those custom officials . . .
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Twice a year set up a time to sit down with your employees
or team members and ask a simple question: Are we having fun yet?

Because if you value humor in the workplace, if you place a
premium on putting people first in your company, then the only
way to know if you are making progress in this area, is to take
the time now and then to check in with the crew.
3. Quote of the Week

“When people are laughing, they are generally not
killing each other.” Alan Alda
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Here’s a great bumper sticker I saw in San Francisco, which
illustrates the art of humorous re-framing quite nicely:

“Fat people are more difficult to kidnap.”

Happy hump day everyone!
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2004

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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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