Mentoring Library

M2_9 Humor in Mentoring Arrangement

Lesson 9

Discuss -> Manage humor in the mentoring arrangement

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Identify forms of humor appropriate to the mentoring arrangement:

  • The use of humor is a interesting one
  • If you are not comfortable with humor then don’t use it
  • Jokes, one liners, stories can all be forms of humor
  • Need to be cognizant of topical issues and avoid
  • Need to be mindful of your audience

Discuss ways to deal with inappropriate humor:

  • As part of defining the terms of the relationship this should be part  of the discussion as to what each person is comfortable with
  • Need to address immediately any form of humor that appears to be inappropriate based on reading the body language
  • “I sense that I may have offended you with my last comment - if that is so, please accept my apologies”
  • “What do we need to do to work through this”
  • “I am sorry however I am offended by your last comment”

Discuss the use of humor in the mentoring arrangement:

  • Should only be used if you are comfortable in doing so
  • Know your audience
  • Address inappropriate humor immediately
  • Review material listed above
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