The Hump Day Humor-Gram, November 16, 2005 Issue Number 153

1. Can Practicing Relevant Humor Raise Your Credibility?
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Deep Thought of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
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1. Can Practicing Relevant Humor Raise Your Credibility?

Of course it can! (Do you really think I’d pose
the question and then say, “Nah, not really”?)

Two different studies, one on the use of humor in eulogies,
the other focusing on humor in university-level
statistics course, found that when the speakers/professors
used humor, their audiences found them far more credible.

But, here’s the trick to really boost your credibility:
when the stats professors used humor related to the subject,
their credibility was ranked even higher than those who just
shared general chuckles unrelated to the topic. Sharing
relevant humor and blending humor with your message
shows that you have such a deep understanding of the topic—
that you are able to play around with the subject matter
to find the humor inside it.
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Create your own version of a “CODE RED!” For example,
you might have a CODE PURPLE (someone is in desperate need
of coffee!!); a CODE GREEN (jammed photocopier on floor
seven!) or a CODE YELLOW (someone in need of a laugh-STAT!)
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3. Quote of the Week

“Humor is like a rubber sword—it allows you to make
a point without drawing blood. Kathy Hirsh
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Here is a rather odd workplace rule found at the
Morgan Guaranty Trust Company:

“Avoid saying ‘hello.’ This elsewhere pleasant and
familiar greeting is out of place in the world of
business.”

Happy hump day! And HELLO to each and every one of you!
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2005 mailto:mike@mikekerr.com
Reach Michael at 1-866-609-2640 or surf him up at
http://www.MikeKerr.com.

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