Learning to laugh

November 29, 2017

Learning to laugh

Think, for a moment, about all of the people you have ever worked with. Would you rather be around people who know how to smile, laugh, and joke; or around those who are more serious, dry, or dull? 

The need to learn to laugh sounds almost laughable, but it's an essential skill for an account manager to develop. Appreciating and reciprocating humour comes more easily to some people than others – to extroverts more than introverts, and to those who feel more carefree. It's a trait that may not feel particularly 'natural' for you, but it can and should be practised.

You can be so intent on trying to act mature and professional that you end up taking yourself (and your job) far too seriously. AgencyLand should be a fun, creative, vibrant place! The skill is in knowing when to inject laughter and lightheartedness, and when to pull back; when to instigate the laughter, and when to simply smile and laugh along with others. 

Laughter is the antidote to many workplace ills. It can: 

  • Help to break the ice during tense situations. 
  • Release endorphins that will make you feel instantly happier. 
  • Relieve stress so that you don't get overwhelmed. 
  • Improve your health and keep headaches at bay. 
  • Be another form of communication. 
  • Show you are listening carefully. 
  • Endear you to your colleagues and clients. 
  • Help you to grow in confidence. 
  • Be one mark of a leader. 
  • Pull down interpersonal barriers. 
  • Help to create a fresh, positive, energetic agency culture. 
    Being humorous doesn't mean you have to be a goofball, crass, or a stand-up comedian. Well-placed humour that is witty, inclusive of others and appropriate to a business situation will always help your career.

     

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