When Executive Editor Christopher Durso interviewed Scott Weems, neuroscientist and author of Ha! The Science of When We Laugh and Why, for our Bookings series in the August issue, some of what he had to say about the role of humor in meetings didn’t come as a big surprise: Laughter serves a really good social purpose. When you’re laughing with people in a room, it’s a form of bonding.
More surprising was what Weems said about the effect that injecting humor into presentations — even disorganized ones — has on the audience. Here’s my brief recap of Chris’s interview in podcast form. (You can download it here, or use the player below.)