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Next week I am the keynote speaker at another banking conference. To help me prepare for the conference speaking engagement, I spoke to a bank Senior VP today. He said Quitter La Rat Race 5.0 he was happy to speak with me as it will get him out of another dull staff meeting designed to waste his time. Meetings, if done right will kill you.

Why are staff meeting so dull and boring? Below are some ways to liven up your staff meeting and revitalize the fun at work...

Start by looking beyond generic attempts to get a laugh and consider humor in the workplace for its ability to revitalize or change the culture of an organization. Time always flies when your having fun, so why not encourage levity to make the meeting more engaging.

Educate people about fun at work. Make sure people know the positive virtues of humor in the workplace (decreases stress, sparks inspiration, increases productivity and innovation, etc) to use it to effectively engage others.

Engage the Humorous Few - There is always people who have a natural ability to make people laugh and add humor in the workplace.

Natural humor "circles" arise especially in the midst of stress. Use these natural forces to organically transcend the humor throughout. Encourage these off handed quips and humorous banter and funnel it to a greater good.

Humor can't be programmed. It has to be spontaneous and unexpected, so canned humor or dry overused programs (that used to be fun) don't tend to work. Savvy leadership continually encourage spontaneous upbeat behaviour.

When i was at a conference speaking someone gave me the suggestion in their staff meeting they once duck taped someone ( the person who couldn't keep his mouth shut) to a chair. They have gone as far as using whoopee cushions and other goofy pranks. These may be fun for awhile but will quickly lose steam in a professional environment. Also cheap humor gags are a bit of a diversion from any meetings true purpose.

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