Harrogate After Dinner and Motivational Speaker Terry Ryan says that humour is a serious business matter. "Where is is laid down that we have to be serious most of the time to be taken seriously"? he asked.
Terry a former Company Director feels that there is an in built prejudice in the minds of many business people which prevents them from attempting humour because they equate it with being undignified or unprofessional. "However research has shown that laughter is a great antedote to stress and that people who use laughter to convey a serious point are more likely to get commitment from those around them". Just as long as you remember the difference between playing the fool and being a fool you will be fine – using humour means taking a risk but leaving it out is like having a cake with no icing" He added.