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The Good and The Bad Of Using Humor To Communicate In Business

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The Good and The Bad Of Using Humor To Communicate In Business
The Good and The Bad Of Using Humor To Communicate In Business This article appeared originally in O.C. Tanner's A Magazine on July 20, 2015: "We need a rights group for those of us who were born innately sarcastic, so our voice will be taken seriously."

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The skilled use of humor ...

The skilled use of humor ...
  • gets a point across
  • lightens a mood
  • is better than therapy for brightening the workplace and energizing all who may come your way.

The good use of humor in business is a gift - the correct use of humor is a finely tuned instrument.

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Good and bad humor

  • Good Humor is Inclusive.
  • Good Humor Promotes Bonding.

  • Bosses and managers who use self-deprecating humor are considered more approachable and human.
  • Bad Humor Is Poison and can affect an employee’s performance or future.
  • Clumsy Humor is a Risk. Your audience might take offence instead of laugh.

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Humor benefits to marketing materials

  • Humor breaks down walls, shows personality a.k.a. shows a brand's human side.
  • Humor is attention-grabbing. It is naturally colorful and origin...

What humor is, at its worst

  • The wrong joke at the wrong time. It can make your brand look amateurish and unprofessional.
  • If people think you’re cracking jokes for the sole purpose of getting more attention, you’ll be seen as exploitative rather than funny.
  • Humor can cheapen certain ideas or make them be taken less seriously.
  • In some cases, humor can be outright offensive.

Key areas to create value with humor

  • Humorous touches can almost always improve a piece that is already valuable on its own.
  • If you’re sure a joke is going to land, it can make an effective advertisement. Test variations of the joke with a small audience first; that way, you can be sure the humor doesn’t cross a line.
  • Brand differentiation. For example, Oreo has long differentiated itself by offering a quirky, tongue-in-cheek voice across its social media platforms. This is especially effective in dry, or otherwise “boring” industries.
  • Personal branding. Elon Musk, for example, has separated himself from his companies Tesla and SpaceX by cracking jokes and roasting people on his own account.

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Why humor is a key to success at work

  • People will enjoy working with you.
  • Humor is a potent stress buster.
  • It is humanizing.
  • It puts others at ease.
  • Ha + ha = aha!  Humor is a key ingredient in creative thinking.
  • It helps build trust.
  • It boosts morale.
  • People who use humor tend to be more approachable.
  • Humor can allow your company to stand out.
  • It can increase productivity.