I was facilitating a workshop a couple of weeks ago and one of the participants continually made one liner jokes that didn’t land well and then felt the need to explain himself and that it was a joke.
It made me reflect on how difficult humour can be especially in mixed cultures where some people may understand and others may be lost. Ensuring that there is context and that you are able to test how jokes are received and retreat if is not, is a good strategy.
It is also key to develop a mindset of having a sense of humour rather than being funny.
Having a sense of humour means you are able to joke about yourself and be vulnerable whilst being funny is often at the expense of the another.