501 Ways to Use Humor

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Are you stressed out at work? Do you feel like you’re in a rut? Are you looking for a way to step up your game? Do you realize that you spend 33% of your waking hours at your job and therefore want to learn to enjoy it more?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above (or just want to learn how to use humor in the workplace), this book / app is for you.

In it, you’ll find ideas on how to use humor to improve communication skills, build stronger relationships, enhance creative problem-solving, increase productivity, and strategically disengage.

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What Others Are Saying

“No MBA class ever taught me how to bring humor into the workplace. The creative and actionable methods Andrew has bottled up and served to his readers is a must-have for any aspiring leader in business today.”
Mark von Oven, Business Intelligence Customer Leader, Procter & Gamble

“Refreshing. A book you can really use. You will learn and be entertained at the same time. REALLY! Extremely well written, action oriented, interesting and also hilarious.  A fun find and a MUST read.”
Lauren Anderson, Training & Development, Lauren Anderson & Associates, Inc

“Humor That Works: 501 Ways to Use Humor provides a plethora of ways to bring levity and humor to all aspects of your life.  Work related stress just goes with the territory today and Andrew provides real ways to diffuse this stress in yourself as well as those you work with, without becoming a goofball.   I will keep 501 Ways near my desk as a reference and reminder to bring humor to all those I work with.
Tim McGilloway,  IT Project Manager, Fortune 50 Company

“I’ve known Andrew since our years together at P&G. His style is amusing, approachable, and affable.  So affable it’s laughable.  Given his years of blue chip company experience, he knows how to strike the right tone, which is oftentimes the problem with books written by non-Corporate Americans.  And 501.  Wow.  That’s one more than 500.  Or two more than 499.  Or two hundred ten more than 291.  Not that there’s anything special whatsoever about “291.”  I’m certainly not suggesting you turn to #291 for any reason at all.  ANYway, this is an instant classic.  Simon & Garfunkel gave us 50 ways to leave our lovers.  Andrew Tarvin gives us 501 ways to love our jobs so we don’t have to leave.  Enjoy.”
Rajiv Satyal, Stand-Up Comedian and Marketing Consultant, Standpoint Agency

“The book is full of interesting suggestions on making life in general (and work in particular) more fun and less stressful. I would have enjoyed it even if it hadn’t been written by my fabulous, funny, witty, highly intelligent (and handsome!) son!”
LuAnn Tarvin, HR Director (and Andrew’s mom), Basco Manufacturing (and real life)

What You Get (By the Words)

Humor That Works: 501 Ways to Use Humor to Beat Stress, Increase Productivity, and Have Fun at Work covers hundreds of ways to use humor to improve communication, build relationships, enhance problem solving, increase productivity, and have fun at work. By chapter:

Introduction – Learn the history of the book, find a few tips on how to use it, and get amped for the rest of the book.
Humor That Works – Find out why humor is so critical in business today and how to get started.
Skill #1 – Communication – Find 100 ways to use humor to improve communication skills via conversations, email, presentations, trainings, and written documents.
Skill #2 – Relationships – Find 100 ways to use humor to build relationships through icebreakers, networking, community building, team-building, and 1-on-1 interactions.
Skill #3 – Problem Solving – Find 1oo ways to use humor to enhance problem-solving during problem definition, brainstorming, decision making, implementation, and evaluation.
Skill #4 – Productivity – Find 100 ways to use humor to increase productivity when planning, finding motivation, skill building, adding fun for yourself, and adding fun for other people.
Skill #5 – Strategic Disengagement – Find 100 ways to use humor to strategically disengage through energizers, stress relievers, physical activities, mental exercises, and play.
The Final Way – Learn a final way to incorporate humor in all of the work you do.

A Few of the Ways

The smorgasbord of ways to use humor range from presentation tips to team-building activities, brainstorming methods to productivity tricks, stress relievers to ________ (fill in the blank because this book covers just about everything).

For example, you could:

  • Begin your next email with a unique salutation, like “Greetings Fellow Humans.” (#22)
  • Include “Humor Awards” at your next offsite. Solicit nominations for awards in categories like best email, best meeting, or best use-of-corporate-buzz-words. (#155)
  • Create a Bat Signal for users to use whenever they need support. (#267)
  • Have “standing only” meetings (no one’s allowed to sit). If you want the meetings to be shorter, have “dancing only” meetings. (#335)
  • Hold a “dramatic reading” in the office of a company memo or quarterly earnings report. (#421)

What You Get (By the Numbers)

Humor That Works: 501 Ways to Use Humor to Beat Stress, Increase Productivity, and Have Fun at Work contains 501 ways to use humor (no surprise), but it also contains:

65 – The number of links to websites for further humor usage.
79 – The number of sources used, referencing studies, research, experiments, and interesting trivia.
292 – The number of pagey-goodness.
31,321 – The number of words.
5 – The number of times the word “milkshake” was used.
378 – The number of ways that didn’t make the cut to get into the book.
1.5 – The number of hours spent researching how much wood a wood chuck could chuck.

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About the Author

Andrew Tarvin is an award-winning speaker, author, and coach. Through Humor That Works, he teaches individuals and organizations how to be more effective using humor. He is the author for 4 books and has written 400+ posts on business topics such as humor, productivity, and strategic disengagement, garnering more than 1.5 million pageviews from 180 different countries.

He currently lives in New York City, loves the color orange, and is obsessed with milkshakes.