2014 Panel Member Profile: Jill P. Knox


We’ve gathered some of the world’s most renowned corporate humorists to serve as our panel of judges to select the award winners. Through our profile series, we’ll learn a little more about each one.

jill p knoxWhat is your name?

Jill P. Knox

What are you best known for?

My specialty at the moment is using my past experiences as an educator, parent, and life-long learner to encourage others to incorporate humor in their lives. I have been known for my spontaneous wit and as an educator who uses humor to motivate and energize my students.

How long have you been in the humor space?

Although, from a very young age, I was known as the “friend who made you laugh”, I began taking humor and positivity seriously while in college when I read The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. Today there is more research available, and more books and articles written about humor and laughter so I continue my independent study.

How did you get started using humor?

I began using humor more purposefully when during my teaching career. I soon realized that my use of humor motivated and energized my students and, when used at the appropriate time, was also a tool for resolving conflicts. I later developed a program for educators that led to my career as a speaker.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew?

I spent several weeks visiting my daughter in Niger, West Africa, while she was in the Peace Corps, living in her mud hut and pulling water from a well in her village. The laughter, smiles, and kindness of the villagers, who are living in one of the poorest countries in the world, not only touched my heart, but reinforced my belief that laughter is a universal language.

What is your favorite website?


People should contact you if…

They have an interest in the field of humor research and application, are seeking a speaker, or just want to “chat”.

For more information on Jill, check out www.LaughingontheSunnySide.com.

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