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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a guest post from Siyan Li. In it, you’ll learn a simple approach to using sarcasm in conversation, along with examples of seeing it in action. When I was in middle school, my best friend was a funny girl. As a result, she was really popular and everyone wanted to be… Read more

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Skill of Humor Part 3: Practice, Perform, Repeat

skill of humor performance

Over the past two weeks, we’ve talked about the first two principles of being funnier: sharing your point of view and exploring and heightening. This week we’re talking about the third step: practicing, performing, and repeating. From sketch comedy we understand the importance of performance in executing humor. The characters from SNL, Key & Peele, and Monty… Read more

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Picturing Better Presentations

presenting with pictures

One of the simplest, and easiest, ways to add humor to a presentation is to add visuals. We are so conditioned to seeing slides full of text in presentations that seeing an image on the screen immediately gets us more engaged. We wonder: what is this a picture of? How does it relate to the… Read more

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Making Decisions Using the Prioritization Matrix

As an entrepreneur, one of the hardest things to figure out is “What should I work on?” This is also true while working for someone else, but for those of us on our own, it can seem even more daunting. Here’s a quick strategy I use when trying to figure out what to work on; I call… Read more

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Humor at Work: Wall Street Journal Article

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on office humor, and I was quoted alongside Scott Adams, Michael Kerr, and a few others. You can read the full write-up: Secrets of Effective Office Humor (NOTE: public access may expire soon). Here are my contributions: It is also important to read the nuances of co-workers’… Read more

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