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laughter.jpgMaybe because times are tough, but business communication is increasingly humorless. Wayne Pollard, president Hunter-Pollard, writing in Bulldog Reporter, says tough times call for laughter. PR people, he says, really don’t get the joke. They’re not alone.
Humor has always been a quick way to diffuse a tense or embarrassing situation. But what’s funny? And what’s appropriate? What’s off limits?
Humor can be helpful, and it has an important place in business. But using it well is not easy. Self-deprecation is generally safe, unless its overdone. What people find funny is personal, and often generational. Humor can backfire if it’s considered vulgar, too personal, or mean.
Funny is in the ear of the beholder.
Hey, did you hear the one about…..