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Podcast with Peter McGraw

Is Humor The Key To Improving Relationships? Podcast with Peter McGraw

Today’s Guest:

Dr. Peter McGraw is an associate professor of marketing and psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. As a behavioral scientist, his research examines the interrelationship of judgment, emotion, and choice—with a focus on the production and consumption of entertainment. McGraw directs The Humor Research Lab (HuRL) and is the co-author of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny.

His research has been covered by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME NPR, BBC, and CNN. His work appears in the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Management Science, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  He is currently trying to kick a sweater vest habit – even if it does get him kicked off the Stylist Scientist List.

Today we’re talking all about humor; how it can bring people together and push them apart. We’ll also cover it’s role in generating success for several key business areas.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [03:17] – Peter explains the principles of humor, and it’s commonalities and differences across various demographics.
  • [05:03] – Peter discusses how to cultivate humor.
  • [07:32] – Peter covers the negative side of humor, and how it should be regulated in a work environment.
  • [09:53] – Peter talks about humor within cultures, and how forgiveness can be a complimentary quality.
  • [11:03] – Peter explains how humor can be used to improve our relationships at work.
  • {16:59] – Peter discusses the role of humor in sales and marketing, and how enthusiasm is a powerful tool for making an impact.
  • [18:55] – Peter lists some qualities that present charisma, including the use of movement and well-placed silence.
  • [20:41] – Lightning round with Peter McGraw.

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