recently developed a program on the subject of humor
as a stress management tool in the workplace. The presentation
is called “Pumping Irony -Stress Management through
Humor.” It has received enthusiastic response from
companies such as Unum Corporation, Central Maine Power
Co., and Bath Iron Works. I’ve presented “Pumping
Irony” for the Boston University School of Management
as part of an international management workshop.
Although the core message of my presentation remains
the same, each program is developed and tailored with
the specific needs of your group in mind. If after
reviewing the enclosed material, you find that you are interested in this presentation,
please feel free to contact me. I’d be happy to discuss the specific issues
your group would like to see addressed.
The presentation runs about an hour to one hour and fifteen minutes. I am able
to structure a program to fit your time constraints. The presentation is divided
into the following three parts of roughly equal length:
#1: Strictly humor, and very similar to what I do in
my concert/TV/video performances. By getting the audience
laughing early on, I tend to break down any resistance
there may be to “attending a seminar” and open
them up to focus on the rest of my talk.
#2: But seriously, folks. I discuss some of the theory
behind what makes us laugh, the difference between constructive
and destructive humor, and my contention that humor is
a great lubricant for the “mechanism” of our
lives. Stress acts upon our physical, mental, and emotional
lives, as friction acts upon the moving parts of an engine.
Without that lubrication, things warp, overheat, and break
down. I contend that the active cultivation of one’s
sense of humor is a positive and powerful step in overcoming
the debilitating effects of stress in the workplace. Although
this is the “serious part,” I make liberal
use of humorous analogies to underscore my points.
#3: At the end of the program, I take time for a Q&A period. This is a very important aspect of the
presentation as it gives me an opportunity to respond to
specific questions from the group and explain how a healthy
humor can be applied to “real-life” situations
experienced in the workplace.
you for taking the time to review this material. If you
think this program would be appropriate for your
company or if you have any questions, I’d be glad
to talk with you further, at your convenience.
what business leaders are saying about the Tim Samplestress
program on humor as a stress management tool should be
part of every workplace team-building
Duane E. Fitzgerald
President, Bath Iron Works Corporation
“I would like to express my thanks and appreciation
for your participation in the (Boston University Manufacturing
Executives) Forum. . .the feedback was so positive I thought
you might like to see some of the comments which include:” …Good
perspective on humor in the workplace.” “Entertainment – 1st
class.” “…He was great. I really got
relaxed and comfortable when his presentation was done.” “Good
learning about the use of humor.” Relevant, entertaining.
A team that can’t or doesn’t laugh together
probably won’t do well.” Tim, the type of feedback
we received strongly highlighted the valuable contribution
you made to the Forum.
Director, Manufacturing Education Programs
Boston University School of Management