Join Izzy Gesell for an in-depth discussion in this video What's different about this course?, part of Humor in the Workplace.
- This course is different than other lynda.com courses because it explores an area many people don't know can be studied and learned. While just about everyone can come up with an explanation of what humor is, the topic is a broad subject, that can be analyzed, understood, and applied in many more ways than is commonly realized. Humor can be looked on as a subject that contains elements of Biology, Psychology, Physiology, Neurology, Sociology, Art and craft.
Humor is more than the ability to make people laugh, though laughter is one of the many responses to humor. And it's not only about how to tell jokes, which is but one of the many of the forms of humor transmission. It's a way of looking at and making sense of the world. Humor in the workplace is about much more than just being funny or lightening up the situation. At its core, it's an expression of a perceived reality. This ability to see something from a particular perspective, is a cognitive process.
It is a skill that can be learned. We'll take a look at the nature of humor from the workplace perspective. How it's constructed, what purposes it serves, and how it works.
- Understanding why we laugh
- Using humor as a weapon or connection
- Shifting perspectives through humor
- Releasing tension with humor
- Expanding your humor skill set