Most nights, I’ll embark on a several-part journey to ruin my vision by using Twitter on my Blackberry. I’m on the lookout for funny tweets. It’s a a good way to detox from the day. Recently, The Onion has been my most reliable source for laughing out loud. I’ll re-tweet stuff. People seem to like it. But, where is humor appropriate and NOT appropriate in business? It got me wondering: Are PEOPLE funny, but is business UN- FUNNY?
I can’t think of ONE funny business.
A Recent Example
Good news: I met with a book agent in New York. Apparently, this is like getting in to see “The Wizard.”
Bad news: My humor/cutsey approach did not work in a specific section of my book proposal.
Laurie Liss (Uber-Agent): “Stop being so cute with your bio. You’re a Harvard MBA among other things. Just come out with it.”
Me: Uh, okay (I can almost hear the skeletons ratting in the closet, and baggage falling off the top of the wood-paneled station wagon.)
What about humility? What about self-deprecating humor? And thus begins the complicated web of when FUNNY is okay in business, and when it’s not.
Takeaway: Publishers Want Your BOOK to be Funny, But Not Your Resume.
Takeaway: I heart DIRECTtv right now because of this ad. It’s working!
Takeaway: It’s not working. I get the willies from this movie trailer for “The BackUp Plan” with Jennifer Lopez.
PARTING THOUGHTS: Is it okay to be funny in business?
Where have you, and people, and companies you know used humor both appropriately and inappropriately? As I try to make a successful evolution from cheerleader…to leader, I ask you: Is it okay to be funny in business?
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