Laughter and Learning
I spent the day teaching Social Styles to a wonderful group from PwC. Smart, engaged, funny, sincere – these folks were simply delightful.
When I’m working with groups, I love to combine practicality and fun: I’ve noticed, over the years, that if you can teach people with humor, it works better. If I can illustrate an important point by telling a story that makes people laugh – they tend to remember the point better.
Years ago, I read a story about Jewish children in New York in the 19th century learning Hebrew: every time they fully learned a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, they received a cookie in the shape of the letter, because “when learning is sweet, it is remembered.”
I agree. Humor makes learning sweet, whether you’re teaching children or grownups, colleagues or family members, in person or at a distance.