Once we get through the stuffy interview process, countless human resources phone calls, and piles of paperwork and settle into our new cubicles or offices, we forget that we can—and should, actually—show some personality at work. So when I saw a recent article on Inc. that says seriously funny people actually get ahead in the workplace, I thought, Why didn’t I ever think of that? Writer Geoffrey James looks to none other than David Nihill, author of Do You Talk Funny? 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker, for some surefire ways to inject some humor into your workday. Scroll down to see what they are:
1. Share stories, not jokes. How many times has someone told a joke that you just don’t “get?” Save yourself the embarrassment and stick to telling laugh-inducing stories that have more than just a punch line.
2. Create a designated “funny” file. Always have something to fall back on, especially since you may get nervous. Jot down a funny situation you hear on a podcast or have a designated note on your phone with plenty of entertaining wisecracks for when the time is right.
3. Get to the point. Be brief, but take a hint from the pros and leave the most humorous part till the end (that’s how you’ll keep everyone’s attention).
4. Use voices while telling a story. Be animated (but don’t go overboard!). You can switch from slightly different voices to distinguish between characters so the run-down isn’t monotonous.
For some more humor inspo, visit Inc.
Pick up David Nihill’s book, Do You Talk Funny? 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker, here.
Do you have any go-to ways to make your colleagues laugh? What are they?