Laughter and Learning


Laughter enhances the classroom environment and it activates the part of the brain related to learning and understanding. Laughter helps with information retention and when you laugh the brain releases endorphins which boost creativity and problem solving.

Enjoys these tips and poems and consider adding humor to your next presentation or training class.

From 10 Tips for Adding Humor to Training
  • If you lose your place or pause too long:
    • “I just wanted to wait a moment in case any of you have lost your place.”
    • Steve Martin’s favorite for this situation, “Where was I? Oh yes! I was here!” (Take a step to the side.)
    • “I’m just going through a mental pause!”
  • When you garble a sentence: “Later on I’ll pass out a printed translation of that sentence.”
  • If you tell a joke and it bombs: “Okay, I’ll just go back to my desk (Wisconsin, home office, or wherever you call “home”) now!”
  • If you are using a microphone and it goes dead: “Evidently someone has heard this presentation before.”
  • If people are talking during your presentation:
    • “Feel free to talk among yourselves.”
    • “I see you’re starting to break up into small discussion groups ahead of me.”
  • If someone points out a misspelled word:
    • “Mark Twain once said he never respected anyone who couldn’t spell a word more than one way!”
    • When informed you have misspelled a word is to look around the flipchart as if you are missing something and then say, “Does anyone know where the spell check is on one of these?”
  • If you need to write a word on a flipchart that you can’t spell: Write 10 to12 arbitrary letters in an empty corner of the flipchart, for example, Q, B, R, J, Z, D, N, A, and say, “I’m not the best speller in the world, so if you notice that I have missed a letter someplace, just take it from this group of letters and place it wherever it belongs in the word.”
  • If you give incorrect instructions: “Does everyone understand? Good. Now forget it. That was just a test to see if you can follow instructions. Now I will give you the actual instructions.”
  • If a participant answers a question incorrectly: “Right answer, wrong question!” (Be careful with this one.)
  • If the lights go out: “Why do I have the feeling that when the lights come back on, I’ll be alone?” or “You thought you were in the dark before this session!”

In the Beginning was The Vision
by Anonymous Source
(I changed the Assumptions for the word Training and Workers for Learners.)

In the Beginning was The Vision…

and then came The Training
and The Training was without Form
and The Vision was without Substance.

And Darkness was upon the faces of the Learners
And they spoke amongst themselves, saying:

“It is a Crock of Crap, and it Stinketh.”

And the Learners went to their supervisors and sayeth unto them:

“It is a Pail of Dung, and none may abide the odor thereof.”

And the supervisors went to their managers, and sayeth unto them:

“It is a container of Excrement, and it is very strong, such that none may abide it.”

And the managers went to the Directors and sayeth unto them:

“It is a vessel of Fertilizer, and none may abide its’ Strength.”

And the Directors went to the Vice Presidents and sayeth:

“It contains that which aids plant growth, and it is very Strong.”

And the Vice Presidents went to their Executives and sayeth unto them:

“It promoteth growth, and it is very Powerful.”

And the Executives went to the President, and sayeth unto him:

“This powerful new Training will actively promote the growth and efficiency of our departments and the company overall.”

The President looked upon the Training and saw that it was Good.

And the Training became Reality.

Copyright Explained
© The Department of Redundancy Department Copyright Department Copyright, 1999

When you write copy you have the right to copyright the copy you write. You can write good and copyright but copyright doesn’t mean copy good – it might not be right good copy, right?

Now, writers of religious services write rite, and thus have the right to copyright the rite they write.

Conservatives write right copy, and have the right to copyright the right copy they write. A right wing cleric might write right rite, and have the right to copyright the right rite he has the right to write. His editor has the job of making the right rite copy right before the copyright would be right. Then it might be copy good copyright.

Should Thom Wright decide to write, then Wright might write right rite, which Wright has a right to copyright. Copying that rite would copy Wright’s right rite, and thus violate copyright, so Wright would have the legal right to right the wrong. Right?

Legals write writs which is a right or not write writs right but all writs, copied or not, are writs that are copyright. Judges make writers write writs right.

Advertisers write copy which is copyright the copy writer’s company, not the right of the writer to copyright. But the copy written is copyrighted as written, right?

Wrongfully copying a right writ, a right rite or copy is not right.

Copyright 1991 Shelley Herman S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A., Whittier Chapter.
Adapted and Appended by Scott Simmerman. If you wish to copy or write
this as copy, please be certain to copy right the copyright