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3 rules for making irony memorable

3 rules for making irony memorable
  1. Create an overarching story that is different from what you’re apparently talking about. 
  2. Something important has to be at stake. 
  3. Its viewpoint has to run counter to the one held by those currently in power. 

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Traditional jokes with punch lines are the hardest to pull off

Trickster humor is all about finding contradictions that we've stopped noticing and pointing them out. It is also about crossing boundaries that are normally left intact. The tone of voice and the posture are essential to the humor.


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3 rules for making irony memorable

  1. Create an overarching story that is different from what you’re apparently talking about. 
  2. Something important has to be at stake. 
  3. Its viewpoint has to run counter to the one held by those currently in power. 

Wit is the humor that creates charm and impresses with intelligence

  • Don’t try too hard. Wit flows from passion for the subject.
  • Wit is all about overturning expectations. The wit is in the surprise.
  • To be witty, take the subject, but not yourself, seriously.  Wit begins with yourself, with self-deprecation.

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5 tips to help you get started
  1. Ask yourself WWJD? (What Would Jerry Do?) Take an everyday situation and ask yourself, “What’s funny about this?”
  2. Keep it clean. Steer clear of controversial topics and jokes in bad taste.
  3. Use your wittiness to compete against big budgets. 
  4. Just because your company is serious doesn’t mean all marketing has to be. Poke fun at yourself by doing a parody of your company or your industry.
  5. The best humor comes naturally. Experiment by recording video interviews with quirky customers and employees.
Being Funny Is a Risk
  • Some people might not appreciate your company’s brand of humor. Make sure the humor fits.
  • Being funny may not work for healthcare, financial services or any highly regulated industry.
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The humor effect defined
The humor effect is a psychological phenomenon that causes people to remember information better when that information is perceived as funny or humorous.

The use of humor enhances people’s

Benefits of incorporating humor into learning
  • Humorous information receives increased attention during the perception stage.
  • Improved encoding. Our brain gives preferential treatment to humorous information when it comes to storing it in our memory.
  • The use of humor serves as a distraction from negative emotions, such as anger or anxiety, that people might experience when processing certain information.
  • Reading or viewing something humorous has a positive and energizing effect.
  • Adding humor to the information that you are presenting can make it more interesting to others.
Different types of humor lead to different outcomes

The use of positive, nonaggressive humor is associated with 

  • improved learning outcomes, 
  • a relaxed learning environment, 
  • better student evaluations, 
  • an increased motivation to learn, 
  • improved information recall, 
  • an increased degree of student satisfaction throughout the learning process.

The use of negative or aggressive humor, especially if aimed at particular students, will produce the opposite effect.

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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.