Why Don’t People Laugh at Work

I am a big fan of Karl Staib and his Work Happy Now! blog. The blog focuses on tips, advice, and stories that help any employee or CEO improve their work environment. I did a guest post for Karl, titled Why Don’t People Laugh at Work? The post discusses some of the reasons employees are… Continue Reading >

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Good Excuses for Calling in Sick

Every now and then there’s days where you just don’t want to work at all.  Here’s a list of excuses you can try (results may vary): My dog ate my Blackberry and I didn’t know what day it was. There was a spider in my bathroom so I couldn’t get dressed. My mom didn’t wake… Continue Reading >

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Using Improv Methods to Overcome the Fear Factor

Fear is not something that should be feared.  At least that’s the idea presented in the article Using Improv Methods to Overcome the Fear Factor by Tom Yorton, president of Second City Communications (available for purchase at Wiley InterScience). The article discusses how and why improv can be effectively used in the workplace to overcome… Continue Reading >

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15 Things to Do While Your Computer Boots

If you’re work computer is anything like mine, then you have to wait at least 5 to 10 minutes for your machine to boot up each day.  As a comedian, I’ve learned to take advantage of every small break in the day to get stuff done (usually working on some stand-up or doing a quick… Continue Reading >

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Uses and Abuses of Humor in the Office

I recently read a Harvard Management Communication Letter that explains how to use, and avoid abusing, humor in the office.  The biggest key to using humor effectively is to know your audience and avoid humor that attacks a person.  The article, Uses and Abuses of Humor in the Office, also includes some great points on… Continue Reading >

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