HOW TO CREATE A
Part of the
Humor Hint Series
Patt Schwab, Ph.D.
or later we all get stuck having to do a
newsletter, flier or church bulletin. And when we
do, we never seem to have the right joke or
cartoon. We can't remember where we saw it, or it's
been recycled. You can avoid this problem by
collecting funny items when you see them. Stuff
them in an old envelope or file folder and then,
when your number is called, you'll be ready!
are some quick hints on how to develop and use your
Personalize your Funny File. Keep it subtle and
tasteful with a neatly typed label, or
go all out with stickers, drawings, cartoons and
bright colors. Best yet, commission
your child to draw an art masterpiece on the
Find at least six things for your file in the next
week. You don't need to continue at
this pace, but it does take a little "yeast" to get
a file started.
Expand your collection to include funny letters
from friends, silly awards, headlines
that made you laugh, pictures your children
drew-whatever tickles you.
Make notes about funny things that happen to you
(or not so funny ones that you know
will seem funny in time). Put these notes in your
file to develop later as anecdotes
to explain a process to a new employee or drive a
point home to a friend, child or
Feeling frenzied? Look in your Funny File to help
keep things in perspective.
6. Need the right humor touch for a staff meeting,
party or speech? Review your Funny
File. You'll be amazed at the fresh ideas.
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