For one of its conferences, the IRS booked happiness expert Shawn Achor for eleven grand. What does it take to make a happiness expert happy? Eleven thousand dollars for a speaking gig. DM
You know who’s really happy? Lois Lerner. She continues to get pay and benefits while she’s on administrative leave. She’s also probably accruing vacation time. DM
Following the recent revelations of pervasive waste at the IRS, the agency is considering revoking its own tax exempt status. DM
Eric Holder has announced that he has no plans to resign. It actually seemed, for one brief moment, like he was telling the truth. DM
The economy must be improving. Disney World has raised its admission price to . That’s per person. DM
Steven King’s new novel is called Joyland and it’s about a creepy amusement park. The horror begins at the ticket windows where the price for admission is . DM
“I don’t understand how anyone can seriously believe that this worthless movie (Innocence of the Muslims) was the real cause of all the uproar.”
Danny Murphy’s Business Humor Blog, 9-14-2012
Do you want mental, physical, and spiritual health?
Science is proving that laughter truly is the best medicine. Do you want raw unadulterated power? Humor is power. Business humor can help persuade people to buy your product, support your cause, or just like you.
“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.” Mark Twain
Every week, the Business Humor Blog features original topical jokes that are suitable to tell in most business settings.
- You may be a public speaker seeking to improve your Likeability Quotient (LQ) during your opening.
- You may be a manager or business owner who occasionally has to make a presentation.
- You may have dreamed of being a standup comedian, like most people, but never found a way to work it out.
- Or you may just want to get better at telling office jokes because you know there’s something very funny deep inside you that’s going to die a tragic death if you don’t figure out how to set it free.
Business Humor will also feature helpful tips for tellers of jokes.
- where to find jokes that are suitable for office humor
- how to develop your own business jokes
- what to do when work jokes go wrong.
“I got started in show business very young. My mother swears I performed prenatally. She says I got a few laughs on the way to the hospital. It was the best womb I ever played.” Billy Crystal from Absolutely Mahvelous
Many people have mistakenly believed the myth that the ability to tell funny business jokes cannot be learned or taught, that telling jokes well is something you’re either born with or not. Few people are born with as good a sense of humor as Billy Crystal was blessed with. Even with diligent practice, few people stand much of a chance of becoming as funny as he is.
While it is true that some people are born with more natural comedic abilities than others, even people who have been clinically diagnosed as laugh-impaired can learn how to tell jokes by applying a few simple techniques. And anyone who can tell a few work jokes well will become the life of many parties, dazzling friends and colleagues.
“In business, ideas presented with humor gain more support, and after five, the person who gets more laughs gets more dates.” Judy Carter from Standup Comedy
Al Gore is a fine example. When he took office as Vice President, he was horribly, tragically unfunny. It’s amazing that he got as far as he did in politics without having a clue about how to tell a joke. By the 1996 campaign, he and his handlers realized it was a big problem, and they worked on his sense of humor. It worked! Al Gore mastered the art of self-deprecation and he learned how to tell jokes. His stiffness had been a liability. When he learned how to tell jokes, his stiffness became the setup for most of them. He’s an inspiration to all who have the hope of becoming funny.
“They laugh that win.” Othello
Laughing and winning frequently go together. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way for Al Gore. However, after he lost the election of 2000, he went on to host Saturday Night Live and he did a decent job, perhaps even a better job than he would have done as President. The point is, if Al Gore can learn to tell jokes, anyone can.
As you get funnier, you will reap the benefits that people who tell business jokes all over the world have been reaping since the dawn of creation. Power, prestige, profit, and personal fulfillment can all be yours when you master a few simple techniques for office humor.
When you learn how to tell work business jokes well, you will not merely be improving yourself. You’ll be improving the world we all live in.
“Without laughter life on our planet would be intolerable.” Steve Allen from Funny People
Each of our lives is a reality show. Keep your eyes open for the little stories that could be useful as business humor in your next speech or presentation. Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story. Keep the main story intact, but if a few adjustments here and there will help to make it more entertaining, go for it. Your audience will appreciate it.
When a joke makes you laugh, is it a good joke or is it just a good joke for you? There’s a big difference and you need to understand that if you’re going to tell business jokes. Something that touches your funny bone may not affect other people the same way.
Dennis Miller once wrote, “I rant, therefore I am.” When you’re in front of an audience, jokes aren’t just words. Attitude is a big part of many jokes. How do we communicate attitude? Through voice, facial expressions, and gestures. Attitude can make the difference between a joke rocking the house or getting a courtesy laugh.