The former Sheffield Wednesday boss says providing an uplift to his players has been important, but not the only factor behind their improved form.
He said: "I don't work in the circus. I'm not a clown!
"You ask about motivation and atmosphere, and I answer it is everything together. I look to do things in the echo environment where things make sense if they are connected.
"Everything must be connected - the things you talk, the things you are feeling.
"If you are more open and can do a joke with a player it doesn't make another manager better than one that has a different profile."