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The Levity Effect: Boosting Employee Engagement and Productivity Unleashing the Power of Humor and Fun in Business

Recording Date: December 10, 2008
Price: Free

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We all know the cardinal rule of public speaking is to start off with a joke. After all, when your audience is laughing, they're listening.

But the truth is that lightening up in the workplace can drive real business results. This is especially true in a bad economy.

The benefits from what is termed the “Levity Effect” are not based on speculation, but are built on extensive research and case studies from organizations such as Boeing, Nike, KPMG, Yamaha, Enterprise, Zappos and dozens of others.

In this program we’ll explore the remarkable power of humor and fun in business and demonstrate how an active sense of humor is not just a good personal trait but helpful for success at work.

What You Will Learn

For an insightful hour, we’ll take an inside look at the Levity Effect, including:
  • How leaders who are lighthearted earn more on average than their peers
  • Practical examples of when and how to use humor in specific situations
  • Ways that entertaining workplaces have more loyal employees and customers
  • And much, much more

Being less serious at work is something you should take seriously. Join us as we examine the remarkable power of fun and humor in building a more productive, engaged and loyal staff.

About the Presenters

Scott Christopher is an author, speaker, and regular columnist for Workplace HR magazine. He is the author of the book Lighten Up, coauthor of The Levity Effect, as well as a film and television actor.

Adrian Gostick is coauthor of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestsellers The Carrot Principle and All In. His books have been translated into thirty languages and have sold more than a million copies around the world. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and CNN, and has been quoted in The Economist, Newsweek, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. Adrian is a founding partner of The Culture Works, a global consultancy which helps organizations build high-performance work cultures. For more information, visit TheCultureWorks.com.


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