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I’m not joking: Unexpected business lessons from stand-ups, improvisers, and other comedy misfits

In a competitive business landscape, how can you find a professional edge? You can ask a business school professor who teaches MBAs by day and decodes comedy by night. In this talk, you get surprising lessons and amusing anecdotes that form powerful prescriptions for career success. Drawing on behavioral insights from the Humor Research Lab (aka HuRL) and real-world case studies from his global expedition to crack the humor code, Dr. Peter McGraw shows how understanding the habits of the world’s funniest people can boost innovation, enhance communication, and inspire others.

What’s so funny about leadership: Fostering innovation, managing crisis, and inspiring others

What sets a good leader apart? The world’s best leaders may not be comedians, but they regularly use jokes, witticisms, and amusing anecdotes to effectively inspire, innovate, and live a more enjoyable life. Drawing on cutting-edge behavioral research and real-world case studies from his book, The Humor Code, Dr. McGraw shows how effective leaders can use humor to better deliver ideas, foster creativity, lead change, and strengthen workplace culture.

To request Pete for your event, please contact The BrightSight Group.

Talks at select companies and conferences:

Boulder Startup Week
Bridgetown Comedy Festival
Chicago Ideas Week
Funny or Die
FunnyBizz Conference
Google
Mind Science Foundation
Nielsen Company
QuickLeft
SXSW Interactive
TedxBoulder
Triple Nine Society
Upramp Filterator
Viacom International Media Network
Xerox
YMCA

Talks at select universities:

Carnegie Mellon University
Columbia University
Duke University
Harvard University
London Business School
National University of Singapore
New York University
Northwestern University
Stanford University
Tel Aviv University
University of British Columbia
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of Cambridge
University of Chicago
University of Melbourne
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
University of Sydney
University of Wisconsin
University of Zurich

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