93 episodes

Paul Boross talks to the funniest and most successful leaders in business, sport and entertainment about how humour measurably improves your business and your life. Humourology is a study into why a good sense of humour is much more than a means to raise a smile – it’s a critical psychological defence against the stresses of everyday life, it’s the source of our resilience and it’s the secret weapon of all successful leaders.
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The Humourology Podcast Paul Boross

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    • 4.9 • 114 Ratings

Paul Boross talks to the funniest and most successful leaders in business, sport and entertainment about how humour measurably improves your business and your life. Humourology is a study into why a good sense of humour is much more than a means to raise a smile – it’s a critical psychological defence against the stresses of everyday life, it’s the source of our resilience and it’s the secret weapon of all successful leaders.
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    Anne-Marie Imafidon - The Most Influential Woman In Tech: Inspiring A New Generation To Love STEM 💻

    Anne-Marie Imafidon - The Most Influential Woman In Tech: Inspiring A New Generation To Love STEM 💻

    Described by Computer Weekly as “the most influential woman in tech” in 2020, in this episode of The Humourology Podcast, host Paul Boross is joined by the renowned educator, computer scientist and social entrepreneur, Anne-Marie Imafidon, to discuss her luminary career and the importance of humour as part of her life growing up, journey into adulthood and beyond. A former employee of Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard and Deutsche Bank, Anne-Marie is perhaps best known as an international thought leader around computer science education and is also the founder of the award-winning Stemettes, a social enterprise which is aimed at promoting women in STEM careers.
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    • 1 hr
    Professor Richard Wiseman - 🍀 The Luck Factor: Why Humour (And Magic) Can Underpin Success 🪄

    Professor Richard Wiseman - 🍀 The Luck Factor: Why Humour (And Magic) Can Underpin Success 🪄

    Professor Richard Wiseman chats with Paul Boross on this week’s Humourology Podcast about his fascinating career, from his academic achievements, membership of the Magic Circle to his highly influential books and his drive to inform his audiences about psychology and science in the most engaging and entertaining way possible.
    Known globally for his work around the public understanding of psychology, humour and success, this episode of The Humourology Podcast sees Professor Richard Wiseman join host Paul Boross to discuss his academic career, being a member of The Magic Circle, and the role that laughter plays in our lives. In addition to his research into the human mind, he is the author of a number of highly influential books including The Luck Factor, 59 Seconds: Think A Little, Change A Lot and Night School: Wake Up To The Power Of Sleep, which are all underpinned by the idea of delivering information about psychology and science to audiences in an entertaining and engaging manner.


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Julia Bradbury on Walk Yourself Happy: How A Stroll Can Be A Tool For Healing And Adventure

    Julia Bradbury on Walk Yourself Happy: How A Stroll Can Be A Tool For Healing And Adventure

    Julia Bradbury joins us to chat about everything from sibling relationships, walking in nature to her breast cancer diagnosis. Hear how Julia’s journey has included humour as a tool for healing. Tune in to learn just how valuable humour can be through life’s hardest moments. She is an absolute inspiration and gives so many tips and techniques to help you overcome the toughest of circumstances. Her warmth and positivity shine through.
    In this episode of The Humourology Podcast, host Paul Boross sits down with author, broadcaster and philanthropist Julia Bradbury to discuss her latest book, Walk Yourself Happy and why spending time in the great outdoors can be a tool for healing. Best known as the presenter of shows including Countryfile, Britain's Best Walks with Julia Bradbury and Wainwright Walks, in this life-affirming episode, Julia talks about her personal journey with breast cancer and her incredibly work advocating for health, nature and facing life’s difficulties with a smile and a stroll.


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    • 54 min
    Wayne Garvie - Leading with Laughter

    Wayne Garvie - Leading with Laughter

    President of International Production at Sony Pictures Television Wayne Garvie joins Paul Boross and The Humourology Podcast to discuss humour’s role in keeping creative teams together through the difficult times. 
    “That's what you're always looking for when you're communicating with people, isn't it? A rapport. How do you make them all feel they're part of the conversation? And engage.”Learn how you can connect with your teams from a legend of the television industry. Hear how humour can help you deal with failure, build relationships, and put some of the most creative projects on the telly, only on The Humourology Podcast.

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    • 49 min
    Clive Tyldesley - Finding the Fun in Football

    Clive Tyldesley - Finding the Fun in Football

    Broadcasting legend and Football Commentator extraordinaire Clive Tyldesley joins Paul Boross and The Humourology Podcast to share stories from his illustrious career behind the mic. Tyldesley shares valuable insight on how humour can help us understand humanity and ourselves. 

    “What makes us laugh tells us more about ourselves than virtually anything.”
    Join Paul Boross and Clive Tyldesley for a captivating conversation about commentary, comedy, communication, and connecting with those around us.


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Mark Thomas Part Two - Political Practical Jokes

    Mark Thomas Part Two - Political Practical Jokes

    Comedian and political activist Mark Thomas returns for a continuation of his masterclass on comedy and communication. Hear a collection of side-splitting stories from Mark Thomas as he explains the ins and outs of comedy’s role in communication. 
    “We can be the person who gets the lowest marks or whatever, but when we tell jokes, we're Kings.”Join Paul Boross and Mark Thomas for a continuation of their conversation about a career in comedy, communication, and activism. Learn how to improve your storytelling and how humour can help in the hardest of political movements, only on The Humourology Podcast.


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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

Sticky sticky cricket ,

HUGELEY ENTERTAINING & INFORMATIVE

A great idea and really enjoyed the first episode - I so want to meet Steve Lee! Some clever tips on the difference between being witty and being funny, as well as the art of repetition. Learning about the importance of repetition was also really useful! Looking forward to the next episode.

H tastic ,

Thoroughly recommend

Really enjoy this podcast. Both informative and entertaining. It gives a fascinating insight into the minds of people I really admire (eg the Jo Brand episode). It’s also fabulously thought-provoking (eg the Rory Sutherland episode about creativity)

Eloise Black ,

Refreshingly funny and fascinating podcast

Cannot stop listening to these podcasts!. Paul’s guests are not only extremely interesting but funny too. Paul leads the conversation seamlessly and his expertise and the thought provoking topics discussed make this a fascinating podcast.

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