"The Magnificence Of Mirth"
As a stand-up comic and corporate speaker, the easiest way to make an audience laugh is with surprise. The best jokes establish a thought pattern in the minds of the audience, leading them down one path only to take a left turn unexpectedly at the last second. This is the “surprise twist” at the end of almost every joke. Without the surprise, there is no laughter. In other words, WITHOUT CHANGE, THERE IS NO PAYOFF!
- Laughter is all about change … there is a problem (change) at the root of every joke. Circumstances are always evolving, sometimes beyond our control or desire. Unwanted changes lead to stress, anxiety and distraction. Too often, we get bogged down in the pressures of everyday life and lose sight of our goals. We’re so busy dealing with a million little problems that the big picture begins to fade.
- Does laughter have real value? Absolutely! They say that laughter is the best medicine. They’re wrong, it’s Prozac! However, humor can play an integral role in problem-solving, conflict resolution, and bridging the gap in today’s workplace culture of generational diversity.
- Nothing is more surprising (or funnier) than the truth! To be honest with others, you first have to be honest with yourself. Funny thing about the truth … it almost always clarifies the next step necessary for improvement.
I want you to remember that now and then, it’s good to step back and take life a little less seriously. Relax. Re-center. Find your motivation. Figure out why you started chasing your dreams in the first place and, more importantly, if and why you stopped.
Let laughter be the cure for what ails you. Success is dependent on change and the ability to “roll with the punches”, yet sometimes adapting to those changes can be a real headache. By sharing and demonstrating a terrific takeaway involving a two-part “see the funny” formula … let me show your group how to bring out the humor in those changes and arm your employees with the ability to adapt, change, and grow to support their goals and a thriving organization. When we laugh together, we work better together. And usually, that’s a pretty good thing!