33 episodes

Welcome to Peppercomm's Laughing Matters! A podcast that explores how great minds from the world of business, journalism and beyond are using the incredible power of humor to boost morale, engagement and productivity. Hosted by CEO Steve Cody and Senior Vice President Paul Merchan.

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Welcome to Peppercomm's Laughing Matters! A podcast that explores how great minds from the world of business, journalism and beyond are using the incredible power of humor to boost morale, engagement and productivity. Hosted by CEO Steve Cody and Senior Vice President Paul Merchan.

    Episode 33: How To Be a Baddie in PR- A Discussion with IBM’s Brandi Boatner

    Episode 33: How To Be a Baddie in PR- A Discussion with IBM’s Brandi Boatner

    On today’s episode of Laughing Matters, Brandi Boatner, Manager of digital and advocacy communications at IBM, joins us to talk about how she uses humor as a dynamic public speaker and advocate for her profession. Her insights include:How she linked an IT infrastructure campaign with yoga poses. How humor can play a role in attracting students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds into communications. A hilarious cringeworthy moment in Grand Central Station that taught her valu...

    • 27 min
    Episode 32: Bringing Latino Humor to PR and to the President of the U.S: Gloria Rodriguez, Founder of Comunicad

    Episode 32: Bringing Latino Humor to PR and to the President of the U.S: Gloria Rodriguez, Founder of Comunicad

    In this episode of Laughing Matters, Paul Merchan and Steve Cody interview Gloria Rodriguez, the founder and president of Comunicad, a Ruder Finn company, and a pioneer in multicultural communications and advocacy for the Latino community. She shares some of her amazing stories and insights from her career, such as:● The time she took clients to Puerto Rico to help support Hurricane Maria relief efforts and helped expand the aid to our furry friends● Ho...

    • 25 min
    Episode 31: Having a Workplace Conflict? Bake a Cake! Tips from David Dye

    Episode 31: Having a Workplace Conflict? Bake a Cake! Tips from David Dye

    Tune in to the latest episode of Laughing Matters, featuring David Dye, President of Let’s Grow Leaders and co-author of “Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict.” David shares tips on what to do when faced with a workplace conflict, including results from the study he conducted for his book. Among his insights:The difference between productive and destructive conflict and the role of humorHow to navigate hot-button issues when others see the world differently than you doWhich co...

    • 24 min
    Episode 30: Did you hear the one about the neuroscience professor who walked into the wrong bathroom?

    Episode 30: Did you hear the one about the neuroscience professor who walked into the wrong bathroom?

    Dr. Phillip Gable, Director of the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Graduate Program and Professor at the University of Delaware, recently joined the Laughing Matters podcast to dissect the intricate world of human emotions and humor with the precision of a brain surgeon but the vulnerability of a stand-up comedian. Dr. Gable discusses everything from how our emotions impact behavior to the neural underpinnings that drive our humor responses. He also addresses the following:With all d...

    • 24 min
    Episode 29: Kenough is Enough: Leading with Emotional Intelligence and Laughable Self-Awareness with Ken Jacobs

    Episode 29: Kenough is Enough: Leading with Emotional Intelligence and Laughable Self-Awareness with Ken Jacobs

    On today’s episode of Laughing Matters, we welcome our first returning guest, Ken Jacobs, Principal of Jacobs Consulting and Executive Coaching. Ken emphasizes that leadership is about being someone people choose to follow, not just holding a specific title. He discusses the importance of emotional intelligence and the role it plays in leadership, as well as:The difference between coachable and uncoachable leadersKnowing you are “kenough” and the right use of self-deprecating humor A sto...

    • 23 min
    Episode 28: Forget “Human Resources,” HR need to be the “Heart Rate” of an Organization: Kendra Prospero

    Episode 28: Forget “Human Resources,” HR need to be the “Heart Rate” of an Organization: Kendra Prospero

    HR & management consultant expert, entrepreneur and keynote speaker Kendra Prospero joins the Laughing Matters Podcast to talk about what business leaders need to do to create the conditions for people to thrive. She discusses the “people's revolution” to transform company cultures and how employers can embrace the change, as well as: How to invite humor into HR, which is often shamed as humorless Embracing “feed forward” rather than feedback Laughing off an embarrassing “m...

    • 22 min

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