So effective, it’s not even funny.
At the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) this year, Clayton Fletcher and Deb Brown, spoke about the benefits of comedy training for your company's culture:
- Comedy at work can be good for you!, by Susan Avello, HR Virtual Cafe
- LOL - You could be changing your company culture, by Melissa Fairman, HR reMix
Listen to an interview with Co-Founder, Steve Cody, and Chief Comedy Officer, Clayton Fletcher, where they discuss the benefits of Comedy Experience.
Today’s leading companies stay ahead of the pack by training smart, confident professionals – professionals who engage easily, think creatively, listen actively, and deliver flawlessly under pressure. Surprisingly, stand-up comedy is a vital means to that end, improving morale, engaging internal and external audiences, and building a more empowered, supportive, and human team mind-set.
Our Comedy Experience offering examines the core tenets of stand-up comedy and explores how they can provide organizations with new ways of looking at their business, their culture, and their leadership development. Conceived by comedy expert Clayton Fletcher and full-time Peppercomm CEO and part-time comedian Steve Cody, our customized, interactive Comedy Experience emphasizes transparency, authenticity, storytelling, and nonverbal communication. Participants learn a broad range of widely applicable lessons in reading, engaging, and truly connecting with audiences. They also learn how to react and respond effectively to audience feedback in unfamiliar situations and how to build a more professional and approachable business persona.
The Peppercomm Comedy Experience encourages employees to get to know one another better than ever before and – by sharing emotionally and openly – to build the kind of trust and rapport that can reverberate throughout an organization. We know this because we live it; all of our employees are trained in the nuances of stand-up comedy, and the lessons learned – storytelling, authenticity, and team building, to name a few – have permeated and enriched our culture. We have found, through our own experiences and those of our clients, that stand-up and business fit together perfectly. And that is because great comedy and great workplaces are founded on the same core principle: the truth.
5 Tips on Presenting from Our Stand Up Comedians
- Recognize that being nervous before speaking is perfectly normal. Harness the energy, don't run from it.
- Don't be afraid to show your vulnerability. Audiences will love you for it.
- Slow down. The most common mistake made by PR pros is speaking too quickly. Comedy training will help with pacing.
- Use self-deprecating humor. Audiences respond to speakers (and leaders) who aren't afraid to laugh at themselves.
- Chill out. You're not solving global climate change or ending world hunger, so relax and enjoy your moment in the sun.