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Lead with Laughs: Using Humor to Put the 'Human' in HR

  • December 02, 2020
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual meeting - Link will be emailed the day before the meeting
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Note: This year's Teddy Bear Drive will be conducted a bit differently. As in years past, we will support our UTA SHRM chapter's Teddy bear drive for Project Hope, a DFW initiative providing Teddy bears and other stuffed animals to children and elderly in hospitals, shelters and nursing homes at Christmas. Rather than bringing our cuddly donations to an in-person meeting, all of our registration fees will be used to place an order of bears to be delivered directly to the drive organizer. Thank you for your support!


(Link to be emailed the day before the meeting)

Lead With Laughs: 

Using Humor To Put The 'Human' In HR

We could all use a laugh right now, but did you know that a little laughter can actually help adapt to change and prepare your workplace for the disruption of the 21st century workplace? Because of the pandemic, innovation in tech, and new generations in the workforce, managers are being forced to pivot on the fly, leading to an increase in workload, stress, and pessimism. What if you had a tool at your disposal that could relieve your stress while boosting your team’s engagement levels, creativity, and productivity?

We’ve been conditioned to believe that "work isn't the time or place to laugh,” but this outdated adage has a demotivating and destructive effect on our ability to deal with uncertainty, innovate, and solve problems. Keynote speaker and comedian David Horning combines hilarious anecdotes with scientific studies and simple daily practices to bring you a presentation that will help you utilize humor as a vital leadership skill and turn it into a cultural cornerstone at your work.

“Lead With Laughs” will leave you energized and ready to act on new ideas for transforming your workplace into a safe space for creativity, collaboration, and fun that will engage and inspire you and your team. You don't even have to be funny to do it!

You'll learn:

1. 4 reasons why addressing employee disengagement is vital in today’s workplace now, more than ever

2. The definition of humor and the numerous benefits from incorporating it into your work

3. Why the standard, transactional management style is outdated in today's workplace and what to replace it with

4. The psychological edge humor provides when problem-solving in the face of adversity

5. The 9 dos and don'ts for incorporating humor into your workplace culture

    About the speaker:

    David Horning

    Combining 8 years of comedy and a passion for positive psychology, David Horning is on a mission to transform workplace culture as a keynote speaker. David has inspired and entertained audiences across the country for the past 6 years, including Wyndham Hotels, ShurTech Brands, SHRM, DisruptHR, and many others with fresh and fun presentations that turn traditional leadership on its head with his use of humor. He is the founder and Chief Experience Officer of Water Cooler Comedy, a company offering keynote presentations, corporate comedy shows, and humor leadership consulting.

    In addition to speaking, David continues to perform stand-up wherever his work takes him, including in the New York Comedy Festival, Cleveland Comedy Festival, and at clubs all over the United States. As part of his mission to prove that anything can be made funny, in 2020 he launched his podcast, "You Can't Laugh At That," exploring the ins and outs of humor theory, stand-up comedy, and joke writing to determine what makes audiences laugh and how to do it better.


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    Cancellations & Payments:
    We regret that we must charge members and guests the cost of the event when cancellations are not received at least 48 hours prior to the event day. Also, all payments must be made before or by the time of attendance.  By submitting your registration, you agree to these conditions. We appreciate your understanding and support.

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