b'Laughter Advocate MICHAEL KERROn using humour toimprove the workplaceby Charnel AndersonMMichael Kerr knows what its like to work at an emotionally draining workplace. The recovering government manageras he sometimes jokes with his audienceused to love his job as a senior communications manager before the dysfunctional workplace culture became too much to handle. Thats when he decided to make it his mission to spread the message that work shouldnt be sucking the life out of you.Kerr, an international business speaker, Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame inductee, and the author of seven books, including The Humour Advantage: Why Some Businesses are Laughing all the Way to the Bank, uses his own brand of outrageous, clean humour to help clients tackle their biggest challenges, whether its attracting or retaining talent or adapting to a rapidly changing work world. The Workplace Energizer sat down with CM&E to talk about how heCM&E:impact on people, believe it or not. What drives you to do uses humour to encourage more funthe work that you do? But also, still today, because I hear too in the workplace and how leaders canmany stories. I have friends and family embrace laughter to improve theirMICHAEL:members that work in these soul-Im still driven workplace culture (and maybe evenby my memories of working in thatsucking workplaces, and I just think their bottom line).workplace culture and seeing theits the saddest thing in the world. I 6 CORPORATE MEETINGS & EVENTS corporatemeetingsnetwork.ca'