Culture and Humor

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Date(s) - 23/02/2017
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Allegra School
Löwenstrasse 51

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Anne-Claude Lambelet & Corina Gafner
Allegra School Löwenstrasse 51, 8001 Zurich

What is humor? And does it translate? If not, why not? Are there national cultural traits to humor and are there different cultural protocols for the use of humor in daily interactions and the workplace? We often hear that a sense of humor is a key success factor for expatriation but which sense of humor are we talking about?

What are the potential benefits of humor as a learning tool? Can humor have a role as catharsis in the training/coaching room to address self awareness and cultural differences. Does humor evolve with the development of cultural intelligence? If so, how?

Corina Gafner and Anne-Claude Lambelet, your facilitators for this program, will share some initiatives where humor is used to build intercultural knowledge. They will guide you through interactive exchanges on personal experiences on the use of humor, to bring together feedback and perspectives from the training room.

Who should attend? Whilst this session is primarily directed to intercultural trainers, coaches and researchers, anyone interested in intercultural interactions and the use of humor are most welcome to attend.

What will you get out of the session?

  • Heighten your awareness of the contextual use of humor
  • Learn new ways of using humor in your training sessions
  • Share our list of resources (including links to youtube videos, comedians, blogs…)

What should you bring?

  • Your sense of humor!
  • Anecdotes or examples of humor being used for cultural understanding
  • If you are already using humor as a tool in training, bring your examples, videos, and ideas to share with the group.

RSVP by 14 Feb 2017 to Anne-Claude Lambelet.

CHF 20 for members,
CHF 45 for non members to cover refreshment and handout costs.