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Using humour and playfulness to make our work more impactful. When to use it and when to steer clear.

September 6 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Free – £18.00

Speaker: Charlotte Housden, Chartered Coaching and Occupational Psychologist.


Bringing humour and playfulness into our work can bring multiple benefits. These range from creating engaging and memorable learning, building better relationships, fostering creativity and innovation, providing perspective on challenges (plus increasing the likelihood of their resolution), raising levels of happiness and self-esteem, as well as supporting people to create effective coping strategies.

Charlotte has studied humour and playfulness as part of the process of becoming a Chartered Coaching Psychologist. As a Chartered Occupational Psychologist she has been using both for years in her client and consulting work. It was therefore natural for her to employ both whilst writing her self-coaching book (Swim Jump Fly) which is based on interviews with 100 people in 27 countries who were all navigating change in their work and lives.

Whilst researching a long form essay and a short coaching magazine article, Charlotte also learned more about the potential pitfalls of humour and playfulness. She has now developed a process for evaluating when it’s useful to use them and when we might need to steer clear!

During the session Charlotte will also introduce a playful and creative tool she has developed called Liminal Muse Conversation Cards which are based on her photographic images. This tool can be used when facilitating groups, or 1-2-1 conversations and can be delivered online (which we will use on the day) as well as via physical card packs.


Charlotte is a Chartered Coaching and Occupational Psychologist who has supported organisational leaders for 30 years. She has worked at a global Management Consultancy, as well as heading up leadership development functions in a number of organisations. She now runs a consulting and coaching practice working with clients to build leadership development, coaching and talent management programmes, as well as coaching executives across the world. She has written a self-coaching book on how to navigate change called Swim Jump Fly, which is based on interviews with 100 people in 27 countries. She also regularly writes for a number of professional publications.


September 6
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Free – £18.00
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