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Incorporate Humor Into Business Communications

The Benefits of Using Humor:

According to a Robert Half International survey, 91% of executives agree that a sense of humor is important for career advancement, 84% believed that people with a good sense of humor do a better job. A Bell Leadership study revealed that the two most desirable traits in a leader were a strong work ethic and a healthy sense of humor.

It’s no secret that successful communication in the business world includes convincing people to agree and act. It all starts with creating a tone in the room that enhances candor, participation, and collaboration.

If you are presenting, or if someone is presenting to you, think about how you can calm the atmosphere and encourage cordial interaction among the participants.

  • Relax the Room: What icebreaker activities would be appropriate for your audience?
  • Lead with Humor: Could you open the meeting with an amusing story that relates to the content of the meeting and makes you more relatable?
  • Be Self-Deprecating: Can you poke fun at yourself or a situation?

Let’s watch a brief video where we discuss some of the applications. What are your experiences with this topic?…Comments welcomed:


This is a series of blog articles and brief videos on “Finding the Funny – Learn the Step-By-Step-Process to Develop and Deliver Humor & Funny Stories & Incorporate into Serious Content.” The blogs are excerpts from my e-learning course (see link on right) which includes:

  • Over 16 lessons
  • Over 8 hours of video instruction
  • Activities and quizzes to complement each lesson
  • Downloadable worksheets and templates
  • 12 month access to course updates and additions

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