Posts Tagged ‘humour’

Oh, the drudgery of the office!

Whether it’s in your own home, a corner at the back of the workshop, or some high-rise corporate affair, there’s really no need to be dragged down by the thought of heading in there on a daily basis. Although there are standards about what an office should look like (many of which are in our own heads), who says you have to stick with the norm?

poor-mans-ipadYou could collect some quirky desk toppers or ornaments that just clutter up the desktop, however, it’s probably better to add a bit of personality with some useful items. Things that put a smile on your face, add a bit of fun, and that you can actually use.

There is, for example, always a need to take and keep notes, and a Poor Man’s iPad will have you looking, well…organised. You also don’t need to worry about dropping and damaging it, or the expense of replacing a cracked screen.

If you need reminder notes, a Post It Notes Roller may be more your thing. You can stick notes to walls, doors, desktops and colleague’s foreheads. Roll your notes out, making it as long as you need, then scribble and leave your notes where you can look at them again and again.

You may have promised yourself that you’ll take your lunch to work every day (and you may even have a note about it), but it’s too hard. Or it was…before the R2-D2 Bento Lunch Box! It’s far more fun than the ubiquitous humorous coffee mug. It will make you want to take your lunch every day, and brighten your mood for the afternoon.

office-nap-pillowOnce you’re done with your notes, your lunch, those mounds of paperwork, or the myriad items cluttering up your desk, you could trash them. Or you may prefer to send it to another universe entirely. A Tardis Trash Can will dispose of your rubbish in a somewhat satisfying manner. It also looks totally cool beside your desk.

If you’re all worn out from your long days, or simply bored during the a meeting, you may need an Office Nap Pillow to see you through ‘til home time. Cleverly disguised as a ring binder, you may even get away with a little shut-eye in between meetings.

There is always a time and a place for fun at the office, but quirky items that are practical as well, that just takes you into a whole other level of workplace enjoyment.


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The majority of people believe that when the time comes to make a presentation or speech, they should prepare a good list of jokes to throw in occasionally while talking or to make a point. That’s all very good, but you should always remember that there are people who can tell jokes as well as people who can’t.  Which are you?

In fact, jokes are like traps and if you cannot tell them properly the result might not be what you had hoped for.

First of all, telling a joke is an art. It is just as hard as acting or singing and not everyone can tell a joke in a funny way – in fact, there are even comedians that admit they cannot tell a joke and make people laugh. Sometimes the problem comes from the fact that you cannot remember how exactly the joke goes and often mess it up before the end. Or you just can’t make it funny enough.

Another problem with jokes is that you can rarely find one that is original. Perhaps you have experienced it yourself – you read a jokes online, in a book or in the newspaper and there is not a single one you haven’t heard before. Well, this means that the people who will be listening to your speech have probably heard the jokes too and won’t find them funny if they hear them again. If you haven’t invented the joke yourself, there is a high chance that others have heard it already, so the best thing you can do about it is not use it.

And if, however, you decide to use a joke, the worst thing that may happen is to tell it and not hear laughter from the audience. This certainly is an awful experience – it is referred to as ‘bombing’, although another good term would be ‘public failure’. So the next time you think of telling a joke during a presentation, just consider whether the price of eventual bombing is worth paying. And, also keep in mind that people vary and so does their sense of humour, so what you find amusing may not be funny for those in front of you.

Jokes may really be beneficial for your presentation, but only if you can tell them in a funny and original way that will make people laugh. The good news, however, is that you can use other methods to make your talk more interesting – for example, you can tell personal stories of your own life experience or to retell interesting things you have heard about. They don’t need to be funny – after all, the aim of your presentation is to make a point, not to make people giggle.

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Do you ever have those days when you wonder if you are in the right job?  Are you working with the right organisation?  Are you actually finding satisfaction in what you are doing?  If not, you should take time out to decide what you really want to do.

In the meantime you can feel sorry for these people.

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I am not encouraging you to stop work.   Far from it!  Still, sometimes we have just one of those days, don’t we?

These posters are all from Very Demotivational and they are all about, funnily enough, being demotivated.  They are quite funny and will give you a boost when you need it.  If you have time to spare you can even make your own poster over there. What a fun way to decorate your space.

Feeling better now?  Good.  Get back to work!   I hear the sound of a whip cracking.

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This is a poem that has been circulating the internet for a while and it just seems so suitable for this blog.  I have no idea who wrote it but it is reputed to be by Dr Suess.  At the very least it is written in a similar style and with some humour.  I hope it puts a smile on your face!

The Lost Dr. Seuss Poem (I Love My Job)

I love my job, I love the pay!
I love it more and more each day.
I love my boss, he is the best!
I love his boss and all the rest.

I love my office and its location, I hate to have to go on vacation.
I love my furniture, drab and grey, and piles of paper that grow each day!
I think my job is really swell, there’s nothing else I love so well.
I love to work among my peers, I love their leers, and jeers, and sneers.
I love my computer and its software;
I hug it often though it won’t care. I love each program and every file.
I’d love them more if they worked a while.

I’m happy to be here. I am. I am.
I’m the happiest slave of the firm, I am.
I love this work, I live these chores.
I love the meetings with deadly bores.
I love my job – I’ll say it again – I even love those friendly men.
Those friendly men who’ve come today,
In clean white coats to take me away!!!!

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Over at The Tall Poppy, Anne has a great post about viral marketing and the things to think about when attempting to spread your word via this method. I particularly like her point about it being funny but at the same time including the branding. This is especially the case with one of my favourites, “Man Cold”..

We’ve been brainstorming some viral marketing ideas so watch this space. What has worked for you?

Here’s to volunteer treasurers..

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