Business Humor: Jokes & How To Deliver Them (Paperback)
by Gene Perret (Author)
“We have a fellow in our office who accumulates a lot of absenteeism. I said to the boss one day, Why don’t you fire him?’ He said, Fire him? I don’t even know what he looks like.'” Have fun with these jokes and jests about the workplace. All the staples come in for a little ribbing: Absenteeism, Ambition, Blue Mondays, and Thank God It’s Friday, as well as Golf, Office Parties, and much more!
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Sterling (June 30, 1998)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Business people can sometimes be funny if they try
By Robert B. Makinson on October 26, 2001
Classier comedy writers like Gene Perret and Robert Orben have tried to help business people and public speakers over the past 20 years or more. If you make money with it, it is usually called “professional speaking,” and there are a lot more speakers around than there are comedians. Also, the comedy in the clubs took on an angry tone, with more sex and toilet jokes than necessary. So, “OH, THAT’S WHAT YOU WRITE” could easily be surmised if people call themselves comedy writers…Business speakers can use help in being funny, and the second part of the book gives lists of jokes that may go over or may not, depending on the strength of your delivery. So, be sure to read the “Tips on Delivery” chapter. “Pitfalls of Humor” chapter makes some good points also. A comedian has more freedom to say what he pleases since if we like him, he is accepted as a buffoon from beginning to end. But in the more usual world of business, you basically have to have a serious message, which is interspersed with funny quips or stories. If you want to sell and make money, don’t offend, be light. So Gene Perret has put together a useful guide for businessmen and speakers.
Not Just for Businessmen: With Our Humor We Could Change the World
By Three if by Space on May 14, 2013
If you like humor, and want to make jokes, yourself, buy this book. Perrot makes it clear that humor is appropriate to any situation, and indeed is the best, simplest solution to many situations. He illustrates a number of times with situations that you are sure aren’t suitable for humor, then immediately demonstrates that they are. I’ve been meaning to memorize the airline stewardess opening. Unfortunately, the text is only 100 pages long, the other 90 pages are a list of jokes for various business settings.