When you’re in the office, your boss will often ask you a question to which you have no answer.
The answer usually comes from the back of the throat, but when you’re talking to a colleague on the phone, that is the one the questioner is referring to.
The trick to answering a joke is to remember to get it right.
If you have to repeat yourself, then you will lose your funny work quote.
A good way to remember what a funny work question is is to ask yourself: “Why would I ever use that in a professional context?”
If you have never been in the company of a funny working colleague, you might be wondering why you are wasting your time with that stupid question.
You might also wonder why you would ever have a conversation with a funny colleague, but that is not the case.
In order to keep a joke from taking over your work life, you have a few things to keep in mind.
The first thing you should do is ask your boss to confirm your answer.
Do not say: “I have a funny question.”
Instead, say, “I’m really sorry, but my boss has asked me to use that word.”
If he says, “OK, you’re welcome to use the word, but I don’t want you to use it in a way that I think is offensive,” then you should consider changing your answer to something less offensive.
The second thing you have that you should not do is repeat yourself.
The funniest way to say something funny is to say, in the middle of the sentence, “But I was just kidding.”
The second sentence should have no quotes around it and should be your own.
The idea is that you have made it clear that you are just joking, and you don’t need to repeat the joke yourself.
If your boss says something like, “Well, I’ll just put that in the back.
I’ll call it the ‘funny’ question.
And that’s all I’ll need to ask for the rest of my day,” then he is likely to think that you will be joking about something serious, so he will likely not want to repeat your joke.
Instead, try to say:The third thing you can do is just tell the joke.
Ask your boss what you mean and when.
The joke will be funnier if you tell it straight from your heart.
This way, you will have the confidence to say it again and again to your colleagues, and they will understand that you mean it.
If the funny work has gone on for a while, it is very likely that your boss is tired of hearing it, and it is likely that you may have to tell the funny question again.
The final thing you need to do is to make the joke funny.
A joke has no bearing on your job performance.
If a joke makes you laugh, it will be more likely that it will make you feel good, and if it makes you feel bad, then it is unlikely that you can succeed.