... to recover from a mistake with humor:
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Humor is a great psychological tool to get and keeping people on your side. Use it wisely, and use it often—especially when you screw up.
The next time you find yourself staring out at a crowd of people who just saw you make a huge mistake—and they know it was a mistake—don’t ignore it. Don’t try to cover it up. Don’t nervously apologize over and over. Use humor.
Take responsibility for whatever you did and understand the possible impact.
Give yourself room to be wrong, and don't defend yourself in hindsight. Defensiveness is your number one enemy.
Being funny can have both positive and negative consequences, in your personal as well as your professional life. And context is always important: when making a joke, for instance, you should definitely make sure the moment is appropriate for such a behavior.
Making the good jokes at the proper moment can help you become everybody's favorite at the workplace. However, making a bad joke can lead even to being fired: so make sure to choose your attitude appropriately.