Editor’s note: a good laugh | 2021-06-27
In his article this month, Associate Editor Barry Bottino takes a look at the role of humor in security.
For a number of years, after I became editor-in-chief of Safety + Health, a reader was emailing me telling me the magazine should feature cartoons, and we had a good-humored debate about it. But what I felt – then and now – is what security consultant Tim Page-Bottorff expresses perfectly in Barry’s article: “Humor can be a lot of things to different people.
It also covers different forms, from a self-deprecating anecdote to a squeaky YouTube video of workers heckling on forklifts and inevitably ending up getting injured.
As Barry writes, “The question of what is funny and what is inappropriate is a difficult question and depends on a number of factors.” It’s something even seasoned presenters grapple with, including motivational speaker Regina McMichael, who generously shares a painful lesson learned.
In addition to speaking with Regina and Tim, Barry contacted S + Hthe good friend and contributor of Richard Hawk, as well as the famous trainer and speaker Leonard Jones. All agree that laughter can be a great tool for getting safety messages out, and all shared tips and experiences on what works – and what to avoid.
Do you have your own stories or presentation tips for your fellow security professionals? We would love to hear from them. You can submit comments on the article online, or on S + Hthe LinkedIn company page and join a larger conversation. In the meantime, I hope you find the article useful and that today something or someone makes you laugh.
The views expressed in the “Editor’s Note” do not necessarily reflect those of the National Security Council or affiliated locals.