A recent event I was hosting for the Queensland Department of Communities was their Community Recovery Forum.
It was a serious day talking about serious topics. Financial resilience, community impact, infrastructure, economic impact, and much more.
Personally, I spent most of the day laughing and making sure the audience did too!
In fact many of the delegates, when they spoke to me, would comment about how boring the event could have been if I wasn’t continuing to brighten it up. From the Rock Star welcome for the Director General to throwing the microphone cube around the audience, the day was loaded with fun things.
My personal experience is that when something is fun, my mind is more open to learning about what is happening and being open to new ideas. When things are too serious or monotonous, it takes all my effort just to stay awake and focussed on what is supposed to be happening.
There is no doubt about it, life is serious. We make serious decisions with serious impacts and serious conditions exist all around the world.
But being serious takes so much effort and is so draining!
Let’s face it, no one gets out of life alive.
So can I encourage you to take serious situations seriously but having a laugh at them or during them?
It doesn’t mean you don’t treat them with the respect they deserve but it does mean you focus on the positive and fun elements of what you are facing.
Emergency Service personnel typically have very dark sense of humour. Patients with critical diseases can most often find something to laugh about. Fortunately most of my days are far less serious, so surely I can have a laugh?
So what have you got happening today that feels a little serious and how can you have some fun with it?
By the way, if you have a conference or event that you need to have more fun at (all while taking it seriously) don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will see how I can help.