My first 2 attempts at writing new headlines for my old content were miserable. I hated them both, and they felt like cheap click bait. They were templated schlock and required zero thought. Just 100 lines of fill-in-the-blanks.
But I have a theory…
My dismay may have been due to the type of content I was covering. Informational rather than entertaining.
So today I’m going to mix it up.
About a year ago, I wrote this piece about making work presentations funny. I’ve been meaning to revisit it for a while because I think it could become a cornerstone piece if it’s fleshed out. Right now, it’s more of a quick hit. But it’s got a terrible headline. It fits the piece but ain’t nobody is gonna click it.
(Truth be told; my old blog was more therapeutic than anything. It’s got nothing to do with my writing today—and it’s been dormant for ages.)
Anyway, I wanted to see if I’d have better luck with a fun content post.
Turns out, I did.
Here are 102 way better headlines than Tryin’a Be Funny At Work:
|1||5 tips for being funny at work|
|2||Want to be funny at work? Follow these 5 steps|
|3||This is how you balance our being mean & funny in presentations|
|4||hello snarkness my old my friend|
|5||5 Things you should do to become a funnier presenter|
|6||5 Silly reasons to be funny at work|
|7||Punch up your presentation and knock ’em down|
|8||5 Comedy commandments for crafting a funnier presentation|
|9||How snarky should you be to become funny|
|10||How to pepper some laughs into your work day|
|11||How to make your co-workers like you|
|12||How to be funny at work|
|13||Please tell me you didn’t try doing THIS at work|
|14||Need to make a funny sketch at work?|
|15||How to make comedy at work, work|
|16||Can insulting your boss actually be good for your career?|
|17||Funny presentations are better. Here’s why.|
|18||Present like a stand-up comic|
|19||Boss ask you to do something funny again?|
|20||Ever been to great presentation before?|
|21||Give your workplace presentations a much-need kick in the keester|
|22||Your guide to creating funny work presentations|
|23||There’s more to being funny at work than a comic sans font|
|24||How to make jokes about your boss while she’s watching|
|25||Bringing the silly to work|
|26||Tips for making your office more fun|
|27||Things you should never do during presentations|
|28||The someday-comic’s guide to making your presentation funnier|
|29||5 Funny ways to punch up your presentation (and be funny at work)|
|30||How to own the room while you present (and fill it with laughter)|
|31||What do when your boss thinks he’s a clown|
|32||How being a little mean can help your career|
|33||How to be funny at work (without getting in trouble with HR)|
|34||I work funny and you are too|
|35||The worst thing you can do is try to help someone be funny|
|36||How to help your co-workers be funny|
|37||Just because you want to funny doesn’t mean you should be|
|38||How to write a group sketch at work|
|39||Does your boss think he’s funny? Here’s how to help him make it real|
|40||Where to draw the line while being funny at work|
|41||Want to make life at the office more interesting? Here’s how|
|42||Nobody likes to give boring presentations|
|43||5 ways to funny up your workplace|
|44||What to consider before trying to make your presentation funny|
|45||Everything you need to know about being funny at work|
|46||Why you owe it to your audience to be funny|
|47||Making corporate life a bit more funny|
|48||There’s funny, then there’s work funny|
|49||How to knock ’em out with your presentation by punching up the comedy|
|50||How to spice up the workplace with some humor|
|51||Ever want to be the funny one at work?|
|52||How to give a funny presentation|
|53||Comedy hacking with your co-workers|
|54||Why it’s bad to force funny|
|55||Get the laughs at work|
|56||The dangers of being funny at work (and how you can avoid them)|
|57||How to add punch(lines) to your presentation|
|58||Here’s why you should never make fun of your boss in public|
|59||Laugh your way to the top|
|60||Reach your maximum hilarity presentation potential|
|61||How to make HR nervous|
|62||Yes, even you can be funny at work. Here’s how.|
|63||What to do when you’re asked to write a sketch|
|64||Do you want to be the class clown of your office?|
|65||Here’s what to do if someone asks for help them make their presentation funny|
|66||What you should know about being funny at work|
|67||How to make your co-workers laugh (with ought upsetting your boss)|
|68||How to be the funniest (looking!) guy at the office|
|69||What’s the proper balance for insulting your audience|
|70||Is it better to make fun of your boss or your assistant (getting this wrong could get you fired!)|
|71||Better presentations take practice|
|72||How to turn your presentation into an open-mic at a comedy club|
|73||How to be funny at the office|
|74||Hearing an uncomfortable silence after you make a joke in your presentation?|
|75||Put some personality into your presentation|
|76||How to make your work presentation funny|
|77||Here are 6 methods that are transforming offices into comedy clubs|
|78||Always leave your audience with a smile. Here’s how:|
|79||Practice your stand-up on unsuspecting co-workers|
|80||Take your silly to work day|
|81||How a hat for pot-bellied pigs can make you a better presenter|
|82||Stand-up comedy from a cubicle|
|83||Punch up your punchlines|
|84||Can being a little mean make you more likeable?|
|85||Are you missing these presentation opportunities for comedy gold?|
|86||5 ways to create a presentation good enough to take on the road|
|87||How to be the office clown|
|88||The hidden meaning behind mean at work|
|89||Should you be a little mean when you present?|
|90||The art of being funny|
|91||5 surefire tips to make your presentations punchier|
|92||Comedy hacks to make your presentation funny|
|93||How to get more laughs per minute when you present|
|94||Why it’s safer to write ridiculous insults than real ones|
|95||How to make being a smart mouth pay off|
|96||The fine line between funny and mean at work|
|97||Punch up your presentations with these 5 tips|
|98||Leave your co-workers with a smile|
|99||5 easy ways to be funny at work|
|100||What happens if you make fun of the wrong person at work?|
|101||Funny presentations take practice|
|102||Here’s who you should be making fun of at work|
Overall: Considerably better! I always knew that original headline sucked, so the bar was set pretty low. And while I did use the templates a good bit, and it’s not the most interesting post to read, the results are a vast improvement over the original.
Lessons: I think the difference between this and my previous content headline posts was that I wasn’t swapping a formula for a formula. I was making an upgrade.
- I have more of a personal connection to this piece. Yes, I wrote the other 2, but they aren’t in my voice. This one is.
- I was able to be more specific and allude to jokes within the content.
- Some of these still feel generic or like click bait, but they’re all better than the original line.
- Writing this gave me a few ideas about how to improve this post.
- Watch for me to re-purpose and expand this piece once the headline project is over.
- Wow, the “bigly” line is definitely dated. The meme was right.
- Content templates do have a place. It’s not necessarily a place I’ll visit often because I’ve pivoted from that medium, but I won’t dismiss them as quickly as I did before.
Using templates isn’t a challenge. But it can produce decent results.
Time: This was quick. Just over 50 minutes in 1 session. Mostly fiil-in-the-blanks.