When planning a trip, anticipating the next friend/family gathering, rehearsing for an oral presentation, or thinking about the next team meeting, you sometimes tend to focus on the “what could go wrong?” “What is going to happen if I bring up this topic, aunt Audrey does not show up, I put on this white blouse, the plane is overbooked, my manager does not talk about this project…?” Those queries are the normal part of the “event” preparation and should not be ignored; however I also recommend imagining: WHAT COULD GO FUNNY? There are a two angles this can be approached by and turn on your imagination.
The easy situation: you know for sure, there is a go to person for a joke. Uncle John always has a good joke in his pocket or best friend Anna comes up with a funny story. Re-invent Anna’s last funny story or just make up another in line of what she could tell. Imagine what could be the latest joke from Uncle John. Maybe there will be nobody you know: a business-networking event, a conference for example. You are your own movie director on making your own funny character: what would be his/personality, how he/she would like, what he/she would wear, what he/she would do to be funny? This can be a joking attitude, a contagious laugh, body language, a hairstyle, and a slip of the tongue. One time, I was invited to a tuxedo/evening gown party. I imagined, that everyone came dressed in with pajamas and slippers. Alternatively, you can imagine that a funny celebrity would be part of the event. Now there is always the option of imagining how you could be this joke person.
The venue/The occasion
Those two are quite connected. I would not recommend using that for saddening events like a funeral or layoffs. A funny event can easily spring from your mind if you are scheduled to visit a zoo, go on vacations, to a birthday party or simply plan to walk in the street. It does not have to be necessarily elaborate: quite often, the simpler the funnier. Once, my mind played a short video in which a friend of mine opened a bottle of Champagne and everything it sprayed of the bottle before it got a chance to be poured in flutes or a choir of flight attendants singing “La vie en rose” during a transatlantic flight to France. The perspective of a very formal business meeting can bring a laughing smile on your face, particularly when the technology is not very cooperative. Taking public transportation every day to commute, I imagined a reason why my streetcar would be late; our driver is taking a power nap and the next streetcar is expected to be here at the stop in 15 mn, we apologize for the inconvenience caused.
It lifts up your spirit, puts you in very you positive state of mind and even gives you a different perspective on an event. Tell me now, how do you about this approach and what are you funny scenarios?
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