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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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David Gower

David Gower | Side-splitting Sledging

David Gower has spent his entire career with great leaders or as a great leader. What is this cricket captains key to leadership success? Gower says that the first step in leadership is listening. He knows that captains who build rapport with their teams experience great success in the boardroom and on the pitch.

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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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Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell | Gallows Humour, Government’s Secret Weapon

Author Alastair Campbell joins the Humourology podcast to discuss the importance of appropriate humour. As the former spokesman, press secretary and director of communications to Prime Minister Tony Blair, Campbell knows how vital a moment of levity can be for a great leader. He shares that the right kind of humour can help even the most divided houses work together.

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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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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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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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William Hague | Lord of the Laugh

William Hague has had a hell of a career in the Houses of Parliament. As former Foreign Secretary, Hague has hosted and humoured the World’s most headstrong (and sometimes humourless) leaders. Hague knows that the best speakers and politicians alike can use humour to support their message when appropriate. Hague is a firm believer that humour can create a connection across cultures.

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John La Valle | Taking the NLP

John knows that a great sense of humour is what it takes to be successful in the board room. He suggests punching up your linguistic skills to build your sense of humour. Mastering mirthful language will help you lighten up colleagues and close the deal.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Dave Johns | I, Fillum Star

Dave Johns is an award-winning comic, actor, writer and, as he indubitably declares in his gloriously self-deprecating Geordie tones “a Fillum Star”. Throughout his career,

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Bobby Kerr | Build Back Banter

Bobby knows that in business, building bridges with banter is a great way to form meaningful relationships with your clientele. If you are looking to bring people together, a bit of well-placed banter is the answer for bosses and businesses alike.

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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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#9 Dr. Brian Colbert | Why Funny = Money

For this week’s Humourology podcast I had the tables turned on me. I was expecting to interview renowned psychoanalyst, psychologist and author of The Happiness Habit, Brian Colbert. What I didn’t know, was that he was in league with my producer and I ended up being interviewed about the roots of Humourology. Brian is a brilliant man and a good friend and he put me through my paces whilst gently taking the piss.

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Dr. Phil Hammond | A Spoonful of Humour

Dr. Phil Hammond knows that laughter is the best medicine. He suggests scheduling fun into your day if you are looking for a healthier life. Diarizing fun can help bolster your brain and body. Force yourself to have fun and the benefits will soon follow.

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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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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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Acast MD Georgina Holt

Georgina Holt is a publishing director and content expert with years of experience of what is funny. Holt has spent time perfecting her craft at

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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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Dan Snow

Dan Snow – Humanity’s history of humour

Dan Snow knows how humour has evolved throughout human history. He says that humour is one of our essential tools for communication and connection. The next time you need to form lasting connections, Dan says, lead with a laugh.

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