It is easy to gain a reputation for being unapproachable or humourless when you're stressed or preoccupied. Learning to laugh at yourself and with others can improve working relationships.
SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS, family or colleagues who can and do tease you.
Encourage them to point out when you start to sound pompous, overbearing or take yourself too seriously - and don't jump down their throats when they do.
MAKE A CONSCIOUS EFFORT TO SMILE or laugh out loud if you read or hear something amusing. Share jokes or amusing anecdotes when they crop up.
SMILE WHEN YOU'RE ON THE PHONE. It puts the caller at their ease and creates a more relaxed impression.
DON'T STAND ON YOUR DIGNITY but don't become the butt of all jokes or the office jester. There's a fine line between taking yourself too seriously and being taken seriously.