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Remotely Humorous: Build Joyful and Resilient Virtual Teams with Humor

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Overview

Brace yourself — you are about to embark on an online learning experience unlike any other.

Imagine your favorite comedy show and the world’s best online educational content had a baby. Then imagine that baby transformed your team to be more joyful, humorous, creative, resilient, and effective, all while working remotely.

You are about to enroll in that baby.

Naomi Bagdonas and Connor Diemand-Yauman are leading experts in organizational leadership and culture. They've coached celebrities and fortune 500 executives, taught at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, and founded and led multiple organizations. They’ve teamed up with comedic minds from The Onion, Funny Or Die, and Comedy Central to create a fun, interactive learning experience to empower you to show up more authentically, effectively, and joyfully at work and life.

You might be wondering: “Should I really be prioritizing a course about humor? Also, was it just me, or did that baby metaphor kind of fall apart at the end?”

To answer your first question: humor is what makes all the other stuff your team has to do tolerable. In this brave new world of work, when we rarely see our team members in person — or from the pajama bottoms down — it's harder than ever to foster connection, joy, and well-being in our remote teams. All the while, behavioral science suggests that creating a company culture of humor and levity is the quickest path to nurturing these things.

To answer your second question: Yes. Just roll with it.

This program is designed for individuals who want to be more energized, joyful, and effective at work and for remote teams that want to feel more connected, creative, and resilient through the most challenging times. It’s also for anyone who wants fewer one-hour meetings that feel like three-hour meetings with only ten minutes of useful work.

You shouldn’t have to choose between catching up on your favorite comedy show and learning techniques for being happier and better at your job. Now you can kill two birds (the Boredom Hawk and the Inefficiency Vulture, to be specific) with one online learning experience.

We’re excited to be on this journey with you.

Syllabus

Courses under this program:
Course 1: Conquering Humor Fundamentals

Unlock your sense of humor with professional comedy techniques, and learn to use humor as a superpower for building bonds, creativity, and mental health on virtual teams.



Course 2: Priming Your Remote Team for Humor

Explore the five enablers of humor in virtual teams and apply team building techniques to create the conditions for levity and joy to emerge and thrive.



Course 3: Making Remote Humor Stick

Learn how to use the three drivers of levity — legends, rituals and offers — to build an enduring culture of joy, connection, and effectiveness.



Courses

Taught by

Connor Diemand-Yauman and Naomi Bagdonas

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