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Humor can be utilized in many different situations and scenarios, but when it comes to professional settings or in the workplace, the rules and strategies for applying humor can vary. Using humor effectively requires a developed sense of both confidence and empathy to relate to others, enabling an individual to successfully manage and navigate everyday work relations and social dynamics. With these two pillars of confidence and empathy guiding your use of humor, you can empower both yourself and the people with whom you work.
In this course, you will analyze humor as applied specifically to the workplace, focusing on the social dynamics of your work peers, superiors, and subordinates. By utilizing these multiple lenses, you will strengthen your empathy and understanding of varying perspectives, gaining insight into how or why humor can help or hinder the attitudes of a team.
You will be required to purchase a copy of "How to Tell a Joke: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Humor" by course author Mike Fontaine.
Faculty AuthorMichael Fontaine
Benefits to the Learner
- Utilize humor for empathy, allowing people to feel heard and justified
- Use humor to deliver constructive criticism or to make requests
- Done in a way that bolsters confidence or empowers
- Redirect the dynamics of a professional setting or work environment with humor
- Individual contributors
- Communications professionals