February 27, 2014 at 10:30 am

Café Conversations: The Power of Humor in Organizations, March 26

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Café Conversations presents Dr. Roger Cooper, Media Arts and Studies, on Wednesday, March 26, at 5 p.m. in the Baker Center Front Room.

Ringing phones, clicking keyboards and a boss dictating “to-do” lists—the typical sounds of a work environment. Chuckles, jokes and a hissing laughter—what Cooper believes a work environment should sound like, at least much more of the time.

The Associate Professor of Media Arts and Studies insists that humor in organizations is one of the key ingredients for success. “Leaders who have a sense of humor are more effective,” says Cooper. “It encourages creativity as well as increases listening and motivation.” He plans to get the audience involved through improv exercises and other demonstrations during his café. “If nothing else, I hope the audience leaves with a smile on their face and a better appreciation for humor and laughter,” says Cooper.

Attend the event or watch on A&S TV.

Science Cafés and Café Conversations are held at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Baker Center Front Room. Café events are free and open to students, faculty and staff. Both cafés are venues for students to share their interests informally during a conversation exchange in a friendly setting. The Science Cafe is hosted by Dr. Sarah Wyatt, Professor of Environmental and Plant Biology and Vice President of the Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi. The two series are sponsored by the Ohio University chapter of Sigma Xi and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Find the Science Café on Facebook and Twitter.

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