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Humor in the Workplace

via LinkedIn Learning


Bring the power of humor into your workplace to help collaboration and drive results.

Humor can change lives and relationships. In this course, organizational consultant and former standup comedian Izzy Gesell helps us better understand why we laugh and how we use humor in our everyday lives: to protect, attack, connect, and distract. He goes on to explain how humor can be used strategically in the workplace to help relieve tension, shift perspectives, bring people together, and work more effectively and provides tips and tricks for both evaluating and expanding your humor skill set.


  • Welcome
  • What's different about this course?
  • Humor in the workplace
  • Roles of humor in society
1. Why We Laugh
  • Surprise
  • Biology
  • Superiority
  • Psychoanalysis
2. Reasons for Humor
  • Humor as protection
  • Humor as a weapon
  • Humor as a connection
  • Humor as a spotlight
3. Humor Strategies
  • Shifting perspectives through humor
  • Releasing tension and other effects on the body
  • Making connections and coping with fear
  • Looking at humor and the four quadrants of well-being
4. Tips and Techniques
  • Using nonverbal humor
  • Expanding your humor skill set
  • Building your personal humor profile
  • Next steps

Taught by

Izzy Gesell

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