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Promoting Humor in the work place
July 16, 2009 at 1:14 pm #75859
Don’t know whether to cry or laugh but….
From FED BIZ Opportunity web site
The Contractor shall conduct two, 3-hour, Humor in the Workplace programs that will discuss the power of humor in the workplace, the close relationship between humor and stress, and why humor is one of the most important ways that we communicate in business and office life. Participants shall experience demonstrations of cartoons being created on the spot. The contractor shall have the ability to create cartoons on the spot about BPD jobs. The presenter shall refrain from using any foul language during the presentation. This is a business environment and we need the presenter to address a business audience.
Upon completion of the course, participants shall be able to:
• Understand the importance and power of humor in the workplace in a responsible manner
• How to use talents in a creative way that adds humor to everyday experiences
• Alleviate stress in home and the office
• Know how and why humor is important to communication
• Improve work-place relationships
• Prevent burn-out
July 16, 2009 at 3:53 pm #75865
Barbara Ann SmolkoParticipant
Well, if nothing else, they’ve demonstrated that they REALLY need these classes.
August 18, 2009 at 11:20 pm #75863
Highly Creative People Trait #3 (from your discussion, 11 Traits of Highly Creative People )
“Like to PLAY, since humor and fun are the ultimate creative act. Which is to say you just have to lighten up. We all have goals, and quotas, and deadlines, but it’s not life and death. When you enjoy yourself, your brain relaxes and is able to produce more and better ideas. One of those ideas may be just what you’re looking for.”
Humor promotes creativity. It also promotes communication. Laughter is the shortest distance between (two or more) people.
October 7, 2009 at 7:09 pm #75861
Humor plays a very important role in promoting creativity. Research has indicted that if a group listens to a comedian before they deal with an issue, they come up with more creative responses to the issue. My own theory on why this works is that when something is funny it often has two or more meanings that fit the situation. This flipping between the different meanings sensitizes us to search for different views of the issue we are dealing with. Setting the stage with humor may also allow people to take more playful risks in their thinking.
I’ve used this information by reading lines or listening to tapes of comedians before brainstorming sessions. One of my favorite comedians for this purpose is Steven Wright. Some of Steven Wright’s observations and pronouncements:
All those who believe in psychokinesis raise my hand.
The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.
So what is the speed of dark?
How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?
When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.
Half the people you know are below average.
I went to a garage sale. “How much for this garage?” “It’s not for sale.”
How young can you die of old age?
Cross country skiing is great if you live in a small country.
I bought some powered water, but I don’t know what to add to it.
If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.
How important is humor to you? How do you use it in your life?
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