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Tracy Morgan

Our guests have provided us with valuable insights and terrific tips on how to lead with laughter. Here are the how-to’s that give you the useable tips to start applying the benefits of Humourology to your daily life. A truly applicable tutorial is here to teach you how to apply humour to your business and your life.

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Arabella Weir | Thinking Fast and Show

Arabella knows that sometimes it is okay to admit your fallibility. Have the self-confidence to admit when you have lost your way or when you know you can do better. When we are transparent with our trip ups, we build trust with those we talk to.

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Mark Billingham

Mark Billingham | Murder He Wrote

When giving a speech or delivering a talk, Mark says that sincerity sells. Cringeworthy comedy and hackneyed humour can leave you murdered at the mic. A sincere speech with a few quick quips is sure to leave your audience satisfied.

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Robin Ince: The Infinite Laughter Cage

Robin Ince says that the best ideas never come when you are sitting at the computer. Robin recommends a regular romp around to get those creative juices flowing. Watching funny things with other people will help build positive neural pathways that will put the punch back into your productivity.

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Black Friday chaos

Who’s Afraid of Black Friday?

Black Friday is such a successful sales tactic because it turns an ordinary ‘sale’ into a spectacle. Not only are consumers excited to save, but they are excited to be a part of the crowd. Shopping isn’t what makes Black Friday special, it’s the feeling of being part of the spectacle for better or for worse. 

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Sir Tony Robinson | No Cunning Plan

Sir Tony Robinson knows that listening is everything. For Robinson, active listening is the best way to hear the heart of your audience. Want to connect with your crowd and get your message across? Robinson says listening is the key!

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Danny Wallace | F*** You Very Much

Danny Wallace knows that tone is the best tool when it comes to humour. A tremendous tone makes you more trustworthy, tasteful, and talented. Actively listening to your audience and presenting your talk with the appropriate tone is the best way to ensure you are tickling the ribs of the crowd.

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Honoured to be Honoured

Last week, I had the honour to receive my honour at Buckingham Palace from Anne, Princess Royal – the person who is renowned for having the best sense of humour in the Royal Family.

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Ainsley Harriott | Just Add Laughter

Ainsley knows that the best businesses make their people feel like family. He suggests creating an atmosphere where people can be happy. Ainsley says that a sense of humour and humanity can make a person happy, and happy humans work harder.

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Baroness Helena Kennedy KC

The Laws of Laughter

Member of the House of Lords and a Champion of Human rights, Helena Kennedy KC discusses the value of humour in the fight for everyone’s rights.

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Rick Wilson | Powerful Political Punchlines

Rick Wilson is an expert when it comes to using humour to reach people. How can you connect with others and move your message along? Rick says to be your authentic self. Be who you are, not who they expect you to be. When your audience sees that you are being authentic, they will be more willing to listen.

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How I got to the Palace!

I have always held the belief that everyone should have an opportunity to improve their lives and achieve their goals. Read about how I achieved the success I did by helping others, and how that might help you.

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Tessy Ojo | Humour, Hope and Humanity

Tessy Ojo knows that gratitude is the best attitude. When you approach your work with an openness to gratitude it is much easier to see the lighter side. Approaching difficult situations with an attitude of gratitude can help you bring hope to the hardest of times. When things get difficult, get thankful!

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Iain and Katherine

Counsel for Self Defence

Iain Lee returns to talk with Paul Boross on The Humourology Podcast about his extraordinary journey through addiction and mental health struggles to a place of peace

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Humour in their Heads and Hearts

Over the last few weeks, The Humourology Podcast has played host to two brilliant minds in communication and humour. Together they have shared with us how comedy can help you connect with crowds and how humour can build resilience

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OMG It’s Omid!

Omid Djalili has built a career on commanding audiences with comedy. Omid knows that captivating an audience can be done in a couple of easy

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Arthur Smith | Comedy King Arthur

Arthur Smith knows that it can be difficult to speak in front of large crowds. As the Self-appointed Mayor of Balham, he has the keys to city as well as the key to overcoming your fear of public speaking. Smith says to focus on the moment. He knows that great public speakers clear their mind and put all their thought on the present.

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Ainsley and Paul

Ainsley Harriott | Smiles with a side of sunshine

Ainsley has built a career on connecting with people. How does he do it? Through lightening life with laughter. He says the best thing you can do is connect through your humour and humanity. Identify the energy of the room, listen to your audience, and trust the process.

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Schedule a Smile

For too many people, laughter isn’t part of their daily routine. With a smile no longer in your schedule, you lose the value of sharing a laugh.

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Matt Forde | Political Party Like It’s 1999

Matt Forde knows that the best bosses are not burdened with the responsibility of leadership. If you want to be a great boss, bring a lightness to your leadership that invites people to go with you. Don’t know how to make that change? Forde says to fake it until you make it and act like you are crushing it and you will bring people with you.

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A time for giving

The joy of reaching out and helping others and how that enables us to view the world positively, Paul reminisces about those who helped him and how he loves to pay it forward to the next generation.

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Jo Brand | Wit Wipes Out W*nkers

Jo knows that a well delivered joke can act as a jab to those who wish to put you down or catch you off guard. She suggests having a wisecrack ready to whip out at any malicious moment. When humour can turn the tide, Jo says to have your paddle ready!

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Mark Thomas – Packing a Political Punchline

Mark Thomas – prolific comedian and political activist – joins Paul Boross to discuss the power of comedy in communication. Hear more side-splitting stories from his time on the stage alongside unforgettable tips on timing and storytelling.

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New Year's Resolutions

Dry Humour January

Discovering that humour, and being kind to ourselves can be the way to navigate our path through testing times and keep focussed on our goals.

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Paying it forward with laughter

Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE and Iain Lee joined us this month and provided us with some amazing insights and top tips on how to embrace change and conquer doubts with humour and laughter.

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An Attitude of Gratitude

People have survived extraordinary trials, tribulations, and turmoil by approaching their problems with an attitude of gratitude and a sense of humour to combat the slings and arrows that life throws at everyone.

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Alastair Campbell – Coping with Confidence

Alastair Campbell – author, journalist, and former political partner to Tony Blair – returns to The Humourology Podcast to discuss how laughter, leadership, and learning go hand in hand. Hear how Campbell’s new book can help you take your passion and turn it into political action.

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Miles of smiles

Success? It’s a Shared Smile

Success is a shared smile and when we think of success, don’t measure our wins by the awards, distinctions, promotions, and accolades that we receive from others. Always winning, always.

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Trust through humour for business

Humour Strengthens Business Relationships. Trust me.

Laughter builds trust and humour strengthens business relationships. Building great business relationships is a valuable tool in creating a network of people that you can trust to help you succeed. Business relationships come in all shapes and sizes, but most share a similar characteristic: Trust.

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Penny Mallory | Chuckling to the Checkered Flag

Penny Mallory is a master of building mental toughness. Whether you are racing rally cars or steering your business to success, Penny says that a sense of humour can build resilience. Especially in times of relentlessness, a laugh can provide some much-needed rest.

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A Clash With the Law of Jante!

The Law of Jante is one of those cultural peculiarities that could only come about in a place where the sun always shines, and the people yearn for Koselig. Originally derived from fiction, the laws of Jante have become the social norm for social modesty

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