Keynote | Deutsches Institut für Humor®


Listen to an inspiring and well-funded keynote!


Meetings, internal staff days, clients’ conferences or yearly reunions – the German Institute for Humour inspires and motivates, encouraging changes of perspectives. Individually or paired up, Eva Ullmann and Katrin Hansmeier are inspiringly funny when talking about the topic of humour. Their keynote traces an arc from the definition of the term to its practical uses in everyday life. The speakers ponder on the question whether it is possible to learn humour and how it functions in day-to-day work routines. After this lively keynote speech, you will know more about your personal humour-fingerprint.


The institute does not make its listeners the butt of jokes, but rather seduces them with appreciative humour. Time and again, our audiences are astonished how much dynamic, laughter and thoughtfulness can be packed into 1.5 hours. We open medical congresses or companies’ internal events and stage important, though perhaps initially dry content with the help of exciting and funny theatrical sketches. The German Institute for Humour offers an interactive and humorous beginning for your event or a sustained closing speech which participants will remember for a long time to come – whether you have 30 or 3000 guests attending your event.




Humour can be a lifesaver

Everyone has a sense of humour. If things are relaxed at work and colleagues and clients are kind, that is. But as soon as the pressure and the tension increase or conflicts emerge, laughter often gets stuck in our throats.

This keynote inspires its listeners to find and use humour, also in the tenser moments of everyday working life. Eva Ullmann and Katrin Hansmeier thoroughly reflect on the targeted use of humour – in an entertaining manner.


Humorous leadership

As the boss you crack a joke in front of the team. There are two possible explanations why everyone’s laughing: either because you’re funny or because, well, you’re the boss. Humour is present in a manager’s everyday working life, whether they like it or not.

Managers can skilfully implement humour in order to achieve their goals, to ensure attentiveness during presentations or to create a relaxing atmosphere. The humour experts Eva Ullmann and Katrin Hansmeier have a skill not many people have: they are able to entertain and, at the same time, explain quite seriously how humour functions on the daily business scene.


Humour & Marketing

Humorously packaged advertising attracts attention – even if people are not actually interested in the product itself. In a sales meeting, benevolent humour makes clients listen up and decreases resistance.

For sales representatives, it is therefore useful to be able to differentiate between kind and aggressive humour, in order to use humour skilfully and successfully in sales. This keynote shows you how that can be done.


Humour, the learning catalyst

You either have a sense of humour or you don’t? That’s too simplistic. Children’s humour changes and develops. Teachers often use humour spontaneously. More rarely do they use humorous methods with the aim to increase their pupils’ attentiveness.

Humour reduces resistance and creates an irresistible atmosphere for learning. That's why a closer look at relaxing vs. humiliating humour is certainly worth your while.


Humour on prescription?

Anyone working in the medical profession has frequent conversations with patients, i.e. with people who are not communicating particularly well because they are ill. A closer look at the humour dosage in conversations with patients is certainly worthwhile.

Humour in a doctor's room can otherwise quickly be taken the wrong way. If the dosage is too high or too low, neither patient nor physician are relaxed. We offer an entertaining keynote with many practical examples from the medical profession.