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Novocastrian pharmacist turned comedian Marty Wilson releases book More Funny More Money

Novocastrian pharmacist turned comedian Marty Wilson releases book More Funny More Money
07 May
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HAVING a sense of humour in business can “mark you for success and help you stand above all the minions”, says Novocastrian pharmacist turned comedian, author and speaker Marty Wilson.

 “On [dating sites] EHarmony and RSVP the one thing everyone wants is GSOH [good sense of humour] and we go into work and it’s like collective amnesia – it’s like it has to be serious business,” says Wilson. “In the corporate space, I explain to the clenched jaws and furrowed brows that up at the senior level they don’t get sucked into the corporate idea that you have to be serious.”

A successful corporate speaker on change and resilience, Wilson has released his latest book More Funny More Money, in which he explains why humour is an asset at work, and how to tune into your funny side.

He learnt early how humour could build business, watching his grandfather and father run pharmacies in Wallsend and Adamstown.  “They made a very conscious effort to ensure staff were genuine, funny and human with customers and when they moved [a pharmacy] from Broadmeadow to Adamstown they had people catching the bus to see them.”

Wilson fell into comedy during the late 90s and got his first paid gig in his home town, supporting comedian Kitty Flanagan at Honeysuckle: “I still have the two $20 notes and program from the festival signed and framed.”

After years in the UK doing stand-up, he came home and penned the What I Wish I Knew book series, in which professionals reveal advice they’d give their younger selves. He uses that feedback, and his own experience, in corporate speaking.

“People say if you can do pain well, the good times look after themselves; it’s the same in business,” he says.

Wilson says research shows those who use humour more often get hired and receive more bonuses.  

“I don’t say anyone can be funny, I’ll say they can be funnier,” he says. “In business the bar is so low. I tell a CEO who wants to speak better ‘If you get one laugh out loud and a few smiles you are winning, In a stand-up club you need to get a laugh every 17 seconds or they throw chicken wings at you.”

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