Humour & Lateral Thinking

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Wed 23Oct
Fri 25Oct

The value of humour in problem solving

Facilitator: Sarah Tucker

Identify the role that humour plays in problem solving and finding solutions. The aim during this three day course is to develop the tools which will enable participants to engage in lateral thinking, and introduce the concept of design thinking, as opposed to critical thinking. The objective will be to illustrate the value of humour in problem solving.

Limited Early-Bird places available until 4pm on 7th August.

If you wish to book a residential shared place, then please call our Bookings Manager Cathy on 01453 759 034

Event time: Wed 23rd Oct 2024 at 4:00pm - Fri 25th Oct 2024 at 4:00pm

At a Glance

  • An introduction to tools enabling you to engage with lateral thinking
  • Discover how humour encourages you to think differently in confronting or challenging situations
  • A retreat-like atmosphere, with nourishing food where you can develop your capabilities

What You Will Gain

  • A comprehensive toolkit of ideas and practices that can be used to manage personal and professional challenges more effectively
  • Confidence in practising lateral thinking to deal with complex situations

"This course aims to equip you with a comprehensive toolkit of ideas and practices to effectively manage challenges in both your personal and professional life. The workshop will demonstrate how humour can be used as a constructive tool to approach difficult situations and turn them into enjoyable opportunities."

The Role of Lateral Thinking

Design Thinking

Edward de Bono introduced the concept of lateral thinking over 70 years ago, identifying that the brain often works in a self organising patterning system.  This means humans can think in a linear fashion, which means that there is a temptation to be a follower and can be prone to repeat mistakes rather than learn from them. When humans learn to trigger a pattern changing in the brain, we quickly identify solutions, are more invested in design thinking and less invested in the concept of ‘winning’. De Bono wanted to introduce thinking classes into the curriculum teaching children how to think rather than what to think. This course will identify the role humour and ‘funny’ plays in problem solving and how it prevents the same mistakes recurring.

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Your Personal & Professional Development

Empower Yourself 

Overall, this workshop aims to empower attendees to manage specific situations, from crises in confidence to personality clashes. The course offers a unique approach to personal and professional development by integrating humour, lateral thinking, and mindfulness practices. By the end of the course, attendees will have gained valuable insights and practical tools that can be applied to their everyday lives to improve clarity, mental and physical well-being, and decision-making.

This workshop promises to be lively, engaging, and highly relevant for those seeking to maximise their potential.


“Very engaged, passionate, fun and highly knowledgeable.”
Previous Course Participant

Price Options

£302 Early-Bird Non-Residential
£361 Early-Bird Residential Shared
£404 Early-Bird Residential Single
£355 Non-Residential
£425 Residential Shared
£475 Residential Single


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Early-Bird Non-Residential Deposit
£ 155.00
3 available
Early-Bird Residential Single Deposit
£ 155.00
3 available

Practical Information

Arrivals from 4pm, the first group activity will be supper as a group at 6:30pm. The course finishes on the Friday at 4pm.

Please bring a notepad and a pen.

Sarah Tucker

Sarah Tucker is a best selling author of fiction novels and award winning broadcaster and journalist. She lectures at various universities around the country on the use of lateral thinking, media, and how the act of travel writing makes you curious. As academic lead to the British Guild of Travel Writers, she visits schools and colleges engaging 12/13 year olds in travel writing workshops. She is the author of the authorised biography of Edward de Bono, to be published September 2024.

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