Lead With Laughs: How Humor Inspires a Creative and Engaged Workplace

Wednesday 2:15pm – 3:15pm

Session Description

We have been conditioned to believe that “work isn’t the time or place to laugh,” but studies have conclusively shown that this couldn’t be further from the truth. In a presentation deemed “a wake-up call for businesses,” “hilarious,” and “wildly unprofessional” by past audiences, David disrupts the status quo by helping you discover why humor is such a powerful leadership tool and how you can use it to inspire creativity, productivity, and a collaborative workplace culture in a rapidly changing world, no matter your job title.

Learning Objectives

  1. How business-first leadership actually de-motivates people and the positive impacts of humor and laughter on workplace culture as an intrinsic motivator.
  2. The 4 types of humor and which are most beneficial in the workplace.
  3. How to incorporate humor into your workplace culture, even if you’re not funny.


David Horning

David Horning is a keynote speaker transforming workplace culture by inspiring and entertaining audiences across the country with fresh and funny presentations that turn traditional leadership on its head. He has worked with organizations including Dolce Hotels, ShurTech Brands, DisruptHR, and SHRM, as well as colleges and service organizations. He is the founder and Chief Experience Officer of Water Cooler Comedy, a company specializing in humor leadership programs and event entertainment. He has been featured in the New York Comedy Festival and continues to perform stand-up and produce comedy shows wherever his work takes him.