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To the Reader

To the Reader

Making Humor Work is a not just another funny book to be read—it’s a book to use. Each chapter provides insightful information, provocative quotes, useful strategies, and practical exercises for upgrading your humor skills. These are the why, what, and how of making humor work. They all combine to reinforce and illustrate the key principles of the book.

Strategies That Work— Each chapter provides actual examples of how real people use humor to get results on the job. Suggestions you will be able to use immediately to make humor work for you are provided.

Provocative Quotes— Each chapter has quotes that will both inspire and inform. You will come to appreciate the breadth of support for the appropriate use of humor.

Exercises— Every chapter contains pencil exercises that invite participation. All it takes is a quiet place, some time, and the motivation to take practicing humor seriously. Involve others; humor benefits are contagious!

Keepers— All chapters end with a list of key points worth keeping. Without review, what we retain from even the best book is minimal. This book was designed to be read more than once. To make review easy, you can quickly reread the chapter “Keepers” to cement key points into your memory. What is reviewed is retained. Only material that is retained can be used! Some readers make audiotapes of their humor keepers—the quotes, the strategies, the key ideas that they want to work on. They then listen to their “Humor” tape on the way to work or somewhere else at least once a week. What you remember, no one can take away from you.

This book doesn’t end your humor education; it’s simply a good place to start. There is much more to learn about your sense of humor and how it can work for you. The “Reference” section provides some direction on how to keep your humor skills growing.

Enough! Now pick up your pencil, focus your eyes, and turn to Section 1.

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