When we face those tough audiences, they put up barriers so your message will not get through.  Each of us develops our own techniques to get through or around those barriers. A great technique is always humour, simple, globally accepted across all roles, ages, industries, we need to utilize it more often.

A couple quotes from an article from Forbes:
Kerr says dozens of surveys suggest that humor can be at least one of the keys to success.
- found that 91% of executives believe a sense of humor is important for career advancement;
- while 84% feel that people with a good sense of humor do a better job.
- found that the two most desirable traits in leaders were a strong work ethic and a good sense of humor.
At an organizational level, some organizations are tapping into what I’d call ‘the humor advantage,’” Kerr says. You don’t have to be a stand-up comedian, she adds, “but well-placed humor that is clever and apropos to a business situation always enhances an employee’s career.”

For full article, goto:  Forbes - humour at work

REMEMBER, humour can also backfire, so ensure it is " Tasteful and Well-Placed Humour that aligns with your Culture"

Attached below are a few good images that you can save and reuse for that: kick off a meeting, sensitive meeting, creative thinking session, change in plans announcement, etc.

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