Naomi Bagdonas

Humour, Seriously
  • Humour, Seriously

  • 'A smart, funny, brilliant book on how to be smart about being funny, brilliantly' Sarah Cooper, Comedian and author of 100 Tricks To Appear Smart In Meetings

    'Humour is an act of social courage that, when used correctly, has a transformative effect. Humor, Seriously gives us the tools we need to deploy humour expertly in any environment' Susan Cain, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Quiet

    'Humour, Seriously is an intoxicating mix of science, strategy, and slapstick - a knee-slapping, mind-expanding tour de force' Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of When, Drive, and A Whole Mind

    Anyone - even you! - can learn how to harness the power of humour in business (and life).

    Some people think the workplace is no place for funny business. But the upside of humour for our careers is significant. A recent survey of more than 700 CEOs showed that 98% prefer job candidates with a sense of humour and 84% think that funny employees do better work.

    Psychologist Dr Jennifer Aaker and comedian Naomi Bagdonas' research has shown that humour makes us feel more competent and confident, strengthens relationships and boosts resilience during difficult times.

    Based on the popular course "Humour: Serious Business" at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, where Aaker and Bagdonas help some of the world's most hard-driving, blazer-wearing business minds build levity into their organizations and lives, Humour, Seriously will show you how to use humour to:

    · enhance creativity and problem-solving
    · influence and motivate others
    · build bonds and defuse tension within teams
    · create a culture where colleagues feel safe, appreciated and joyful

    Drawing on behavioural science, advice from world-class comedians and stories from top business leaders, you'll learn how to mine your life for material, which category of office comic you fall into, and how to keep it appropriate - and recover if you cross a line!

    Humour is a superpower. If you're not using it, the joke's on you.

Naomi Bagdonas is a Stanford lecturer, a strategy and media consultant and a professionally trained comedian. Naomi has designed and facilitated innovation workshops and strategy offsites for the boards and leadership teams of Fortune 100 companies. She performs improv and sketch comedy in Los Angeles.

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