Notes from 57th International STC Conference
Dallas, Texas, May 2-5, 2010
Humor in the Workplace: A Styptic for the Razor Cuts of Stress
Tabletop presentation within Management SIG’s progression,
“Best Practices in Management”
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
This presentation and the accompanying article in the conference Proceedings explore the creative use of humor
as a de-stressor in the often deadline-driven, pressure-filled world of technical communication, while also
addressing the inherent risks involved with this strategy. Three specific techniques involving metaphor,
psychology, and incongruity are exemplified.
Notes are not available from this session, since I was the presenter.
However, the presentation and the article from the conference Proceedings are available.
If you’d like either of these via e-mail, contact Dan Voss.
- “Humor in the Workplace: A Styptic for the Razor Cuts of Stress,” presentation by Dan Voss.
- “The Use of Humor, Metaphor, Psychology, and Sheer Zaniness to Defuse Volatile Situations, Lower Your
Blood Pressure, and Support Stress Management in Technical Communication: Real-World Applications of M4A4Z4 Theory,”
article by Dan Voss.