Can it be a little more human?

and a little less professional ...

Eisenhower:"A sense of humor is a part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done."

Humor is often used to connect, to relax, to make the atmosphere more positive or lighter. Or to wake each other up in a friendly way.

Therefore, humor is not just for laughing, but a form of emotional intelligence and a serious communication tool.

And aren’t we too serious nowadays? Can we have a break and be a little less serious? Less heavy and less boring?

Actually, you would like to be more yourself, more real and more authentic. You would like to have more playfulness in your life and have more fun. Maybe you would secretly like to be the pace-setter, dare to show your craziness and get others to follow you.

Does this ever cross your mind?

  • You want to make jokes at work, but you are afraid that you will not be taken seriously anymore.

  • You think you have to have a talent for humor. And you keep yourself small by telling yourself, 'I'm not funny.' 'I'm not adroit enough.'

  • You know somewhere that humor is important, but you don't know where to start.

  • You used to make jokes, but somewhere along the way you lost 'something'.

What would it be like if ...

you had less stress and less subcutaneous tension?

you can deal with others with less hassle?

you can build better relationships?

you can deal with mistakes more easily and think more flexibly?

you can turn a stressful situation into a burst of laughter?

you have more fun and get more done?

"The Secret of Humor."

An online humor training that makes you more human again in 6 weeks

START: October 5, 7:00 p.m. (6 seats max)

In this online humor training you learn to use humor to make more impact on your environment.

You learn to approach people with humor, making it easier to deal with others and get more done. You will put more emphasis on the relationship and less on yourself as a professional.

In 6 weeks you will learn in a group context by means of funny movies, assignments and a final speech or Ted talk what humor can do for you.

By the end of this humor training you will have learned this

Well, not everything ...

  • You communicate in a different way and you get a richer and more creative palette of communication tools.

  • It develops your personal leadership.

  • How to playfully test the boundaries of another person. How to mirror your colleagues in a friendly way.

  • How to connect more easily and build better relationships.

  • How to make difficult things lighter. How to resolve awkwardness. How to build bridges.

  • You have more self-mockery and self-reflection and therefore you will have more likeability.

  • This humor training has a great impact on your personal development and in these 6 weeks everyone goes through a transformation.

  • It helps you increase your self-confidence and assertiveness.

Claudia de Breij - Comedian

She gets the best out of someone

The way Malinca gets the best out of someone, as well in directing groups or individuals, has helped me a great deal in overcoming my first fears and shame to go on the stage. Text-writing, performance and discovering your strengths and weaknesses are all essential for learning this profession.

What is included in this offer?

  • 3 Live Online Group Lessons

    At the beginning, middle and end. Only the first one is scheduled, the rest we plan together. In addition, we are in a 24/7 whatsapp group for 6 weeks.

  • Personal Coaching

    In between written directions on your turns in assignments and speech. And a private coaching session.

  • Lots of funny movies

    10 online solo lessons with years of collected videos and examples to show how humor works.

A personal 6 week guidance to make you more funny, more playful and have more impact

With personal guidance

  • 10 sections, 50 lectures, 13 exercises en 24 funny clips.
  • In a group (maximum 6, first come, first served), but in your own time.
  • Weekly: personal custom guidance.
  • Live sessions: 3 x every 2 weeks.
  • Final assignment: writing a Talk or Keynote and performing it for the whole group. 
  • Certificate: digital badge ‘Certificated Humor Proof’ for your resume, social media or website.
  • Time commitment: 3 hours a week, in total 6 weeks.
  • The course is open for subscribers only a few months a year.

Testimonials

Super Grateful

Marianne van Dijk - Relation Therapist

Thanks to Malinca making jokes for me is much more approachable. Before this course I only made jokes with friends and people I knew, but now I also do it with total strangers. Besides that it was really a pleasure to do her exercises and I felt really comfortable with her guidance so I could also make jokes about the uncomfortable and the more vulnerable topics. I am super grateful for the outcome!

Until you break through

Henk van Huisstede - Comedian

As a comic I am very interested in questions like: What is humor exactly? Why do people laugh? Which mechanism goes behind and under ‘comic stuff’. Malinca gives answers to these questions ánd other questions, so you recognise more easily the funny (read: painful) situations. Because humor and laughing - so we learn from Malinca - have everything to do with awkwardness, tension (and relaxation), shame, misunderstandings, unfulfilled desires and not redeemed expectations, and until you have this break through you suddenly see the humor all around you.

It was possible to turn my more serious and heaviness attitude into something lighthearted and humoristic

Ilse Coolen - Teacher Care

Malinca does an appeal to your inner child that is open and curious for new experiences. The exercises are challenging in a nice way. Her way of looking and thinking is inspiring. She honours everybody's authenticity with no exception and gives advice on command, so you get the best out of yourself. I didn’t think (but secretly hoped) that it was possible to turn my more serious and heaviness attitude into something lighthearted and humoristic but that is exactly what happened. My compliments for how she works are endless for me.

Incredible strong trainer

Martijn Derksen - Creative / Educational Professional at Fontys University of Applied Sciences

In terms of content an incredible strong trainer. She knows exactly where she is talking about and is able to address this and point this out. She has got a clear vision about stagework and stories which I like very much and inspires me.

Back to something about yourself you‘ll actually instinctively always knew

Ruben Stelli - Art-Director/Creative thinker

This is about a lót more then humor, this is a personality training. This is about creativity, resilience, self reflection, and about following your curiosity, but also back to something about yourself you actually instinctively always knew.

Balanced didactical talent

Mirjam van der Veer - Pedagogical Assistant

If you are looking for a way to develop your stage presence on a rooted way than you have to go to Malinca! She knows where she is talking about and is a balanced didactical talent. I got the learning experience and playfulness I was looking for! Surprisingly fresh!

Malinca has guts and delivers

Franc de Korte - Spokesperson Association Innovative Medicines

Humor is a serious communication tool, but how does it work? And sometimes it works but why doesn‘t it work all the time? What is the secret? These were questions I had been walking around with for a while. Until Suzanne van Nieuwenhuijzen - Ruijtenberg pointed me to the training 'The Secret of Humor' by Malinca Verwiel. Thanks to the enormous enthusiasm of Malinca, the exercises and support of my fellow participants, I now understand how the humor system works, why we make jokes, what my humor style is, that I am funnier than I thought and why humor is 'serious business'. This is not only fun for me, but especially for those around me. They are laughing much more often than before.

Mandatory cost

Ella Hueting - Director Fontys School of Engineering

Mandatory reading for all executives. Humor makes life a lot more bearable. More insight into yourself in a humorous way. Confronting, relativizing, penetrating. Belongs in the package of choice for employees of every HR department.

Hi, I am Malinca


I see comedy & humor as a way of life. My drive for directing comedians, giving lessons in comedy and giving keynotes about playfulness started with my youth where humor was born out of a family of fighters, victims and drama-queens. It felt as if I was a spectator of a badly written Greek tragedy. There was always tension in our family. And my tendency to use humor was to get rid of this tension. I felt the unstoppable need for something more light, more fun and more happiness. So humor here wasn’t the goal, but a tool for breaking tension.

I went totally inhibited to the Theatreschool and when I graduated my fear of performing was gigantic. Besides that they didn’t look at your talent, but trying to put you in some kind of mold, the criticism was killing. From this experience I developed an enormous drive to really look at someone's talent and to give customized advice to strengthen that talent. After this education I was teaching comedy and directing comedians with great passion.

And as a trainer I conquered my fear of stage by making shows, energizers and workshops for companies. There I learned how to motivate and inspire an unmotivated audience and the leader in me was born. Suddenly it wasn’t about my performance anymore but about my purpose and what I wanted to reach with them. So that's why I consider everyone who is standing on a stage as a leader.

Programma

  • 1

    1. Humor has a goal and is not the goal itself

    • Welcome

    • Before we begin...

    • Who am I?

    • Exercise: 2 questions

    • Free Sparring Session

    • Safe environment

    • Playfulness

    • The 4 goals of humor

    • Eleven reasons why you are probably not funny ...

    • Exercise: Commitment

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    2. Humor & Pain

    • In every joke has to be a bit of pain. When there is too much pain it isn't funny ... But when there is less pain, it's not funny either!

    • Happiness and grief

    • What is the difference between drama and dullness?

    • In this section you'll want to disappear into a hole in the ground because of shame

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    3. Writing your Talk: Final assignment

    • Writing your Talk: Final assignment

  • 4

    4. Breaking tension

    • You are starting to like a little bit of tension

    • Exercise: Overestimate & Underestimate

    • Breaking expectations

    • Downplay a (topic or) higher status

    • Break the tension at official situations

    • Tension in awkward situations

    • Tension for an achievement

    • Self Mockery

    • Exercise: The opposite of a weakness

    • Summary breaking tension

    • Free Sparring Session

  • 5

    5. Creativity is the most important skill of the 21st century

    • Help, I am human!

    • Learn to talk bullshit

    • Exercise: Monkey Sandwich Stories

  • 6

    6. Writing your Talk: Turn pain into humor

    • Turn your pain into humor

  • 7

    7. Creating tension

    • Playing with time

    • Looking through different glasses

    • Edges and borders

    • Shake things up

    • Misunderstandings or double meanings

    • Give it more drama!

    • You're allowed to generalize

    • Breaking a taboo

    • Confirming wrong prejudices

    • Summary create tension

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    8. If you want to break the tension, you first have to create tension

    • You are probably all gay

    • How to create your abusive relationship?

  • 9

    9. So what is your drive to use humor?

    • The birth of a comedian

  • 10

    10. Writing your talk: The End

    • Writing your Talk: The End

    • How do you end a Talk?

    • Before you go...

    • Free Sparring Session

When you register you get these perks

  • Certified Humorproof

    Everyone graduates with a self-made speech or Ted talk, after which you receive a digital badge to put on your resume, website or social media.

  • Humor App

    Upon completion, access to the Humor App with free online tryout classes.

  • Learn even more?

    If you have completed a humor training with me you will receive a discount on the next training.

Clever method

Jan van der Spoel - High-trust Advocate

I followed the 5 day training Humor for Speakers. Malinca Verwiel has a lot of experience with the subject and you can tell from the many different exercises. She makes you think when you need to and she gets you out of your head at the moments that are important. The training is not a workshop of cabaret or joke making, but a clever method to bring serious subjects with lightness or to enrich a speech with a well placed joke. The greatest value for me were the many exercises to come up with new ideas and to be able to add depth to your speech in the right way.

Testimonials

Incredible strong trainer

Martijn Derksen - Creative / Educational Professional at Fontys University of Applied Sciences

In terms of content an incredible strong trainer. She knows exactly where she is talking about and is able to address this and point this out. She has got a clear vision about stagework and stories which I like very much and inspires me.

Back to something about yourself you‘ll actually instinctively always knew

Ruben Stelli - Art-Director/Creative thinker

This is about a lót more then humor, this is a personality training. This is about creativity, resilience, self reflection, and about following your curiosity, but also back to something about yourself you actually instinctively always knew.

Balanced didactical talent

Mirjam van der Veer - Pedagogical Assistant

If you are looking for a way to develop your stage presence on a rooted way than you have to go to Malinca! She knows where she is talking about and is a balanced didactical talent. I got the learning experience and playfulness I was looking for! Surprisingly fresh!

Until you break through

Henk van Huisstede - Comedian

As a comic I am very interested in questions like: What is humor exactly? Why do people laugh? Which mechanism goes behind and under ‘comic stuff’. Malinca gives answers to these questions ánd other questions, so you recognise more easily the funny (read: painful) situations. Because humor and laughing - so we learn from Malinca - have everything to do with awkwardness, tension (and relaxation), shame, misunderstandings, unfulfilled desires and not redeemed expectations, and until you have this break through you suddenly see the humor all around you.

It was possible to turn my more serious and heaviness attitude into something lighthearted and humoristic

Ilse Coolen - Teacher Care

Malinca does an appeal to your inner child that is open and curious for new experiences. The exercises are challenging in a nice way. Her way of looking and thinking is inspiring. She honours everybody's authenticity with no exception and gives advice on command, so you get the best out of yourself. I didn’t think (but secretly hoped) that it was possible to turn my more serious and heaviness attitude into something lighthearted and humoristic but that is exactly what happened. My compliments for how she works are endless for me.

Super Grateful

Marianne van Dijk - Relation Therapist

Thanks to Malinca making jokes for me is much more approachable. Before this course I only made jokes with friends and people I knew, but now I also do it with total strangers. Besides that it was really a pleasure to do her exercises and I felt really comfortable with her guidance so I could also make jokes about the uncomfortable and the more vulnerable topics. I am super grateful for the outcome!
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I am 100% sure that you will reach your goal

Not satisfied? Then you will get your money back in 30 days .

Instructor(s)

Humor coach & Speaker coach

Malinca Verwiel

Malinca Verwiel has been trained as a theater and cabaret teacher and has infected about a thousand pupils with the cabaret virus and helped many beginning cabaret performers to a flourishing career, including Claudia de Breij and Leon van der Zanden. She graduated Cum Laude on her thesis: "How to make a comedy tragic and how to make a tragedy comic". For 15 years she made and played shows, energizers and workshops for organizations with her own company Humor in Bedrijf.

She is a speaker coach for pitches, Ted talks, seminars and book presentations. Malinca makes everyone playful and knows how to put her finger on the sore spot in a loving way, for which everyone is usually very grateful. She has studied High Impact Leadership and followed the Women's Leadership Program at Carla Clarissa and considers everyone who takes the stage as a leader. Her roots lie both in the funniest province of the Netherlands, Brabant, and in the most serious province of the Netherlands, Gelderland.

She is living in Holland on the countryside between two rivers with her unconditional lovers: her man, 2 dogs and their Bed & Breakfast.

FAQ

  • How much time does it take?

    It will take you 2/3 hours a week for a duration of 6 weeks.

  • Why is this course in a group and can I also do it as an individual?

    You can’t make humor on your own. Together you can stack your jokes, create more creativity and you’ll have more fun and more support.

  • Can I do it in my own time?

    Yes, You can do it in your own time. But to put a little presure on you, you'll have to finish it within six weeks. Exceptions are the 3 online group meetings in the beginning, the middle and the end.

  • Is it a standard course or personalized?

    Both. The course is standard and the guidance is personal and custom made.

  • I don’t think I am very funny, so is it possible to learn?

    Yes, believe me. It's not about talent, but a way of living. It is a way of thinking and a way of looking at life. But you need a little bit of guts.

  • Is it possible to get a refund, when I am not satisfied?

    Yes, you will get a 30 day money back guarantee. Send an email to malincaverwiel@gmail.com

  • Humor is personal. How do I know that the kind of humor in this course suits me?

    This course is not about taste or kinds of humor. This course is about you. About your story and how you want to tell this story. And with my concepts of humor you can customize it and make it your own.

  • I would like to have a chat with the trainer, is that possible?

    Of course, book a no-obligation zoomcall with Malinca herself here  

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"I've seen everything and everyone in 100 versions in front of me"

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Malinca, with her spirit and experience, is an inspiring guide.' - Xavier de Wit

'Challenging and personal investigation into the workings of humor.' - Martijn van Opdorp.

'Even if, like me, you have never done anything with theater or comedy before and if you are always serious about it, just do it.' - Ciska Harte

Malinca is capable of provoking in the right way and asking questions that make you give more than you initially had in mind.' - Bader El Khalfi.

Malinca has the gift to put you in your power! - Theo Elfrink

The very pleasant vulnerable, safe and open environment that Malinca creates with the fellow students is also very valuable in this! I would like to grant everyone a Malinca as a cabaret teacher.' - Ruben Stelli

'Malinca is driven and inspiring and knows exactly what you need to do your story better and more authentically. She is also warm and supportive and with her professional knowledge she knows how to touch the audience with your story and how to create interaction. In short, a TOP trainer. - Ingrid Zweers

Malinca allows your personal qualities to blossom.' - Jorg Tonjes.

'It is a gift to work with her.' - Nicky Roeg

Malinca has the special talent to bring out the 'uniqueness' of people in a relaxed yet intense way. - Henk van Huisstede

The lessons are fun with creative and hilarious exercises. Something that allows you to develop quickly and be 100% yourself.' - Wessel Bottenberg.


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