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HUMOUR IN PUBLIC SPEAKING

 

 

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Using humour images and cartoons in presentations

Have you talked in front of many people? Have you wondered what to do in order to get your ideas across?

Any public speaker who has faced a crowd of listeners knows that humour has a great effect and brings out a point like nothing else. I have talked to many presenters and all of them say they have a number of jokes up their sleeve, as well as visual gags -- CARTOONS

Public Speaking: How to Make a Point with Humor

One of the old saws of public speaking says that you should 'Tell em what you're gonna tell 'em. Tell 'em. Then tell 'em what you told 'em.' When you want to make a point during your presentation, you can use a similar formula. You tell 'em the point, illustrate the point, then tell 'em the point again. This formula, however, can seem boring and redundant if you don't spice it up a little. One way to do it is to use humor. Here's the formula:

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-- Imagine yourself, walking confidently to the lectern or the stage, or to the head of the conference table.

--Imagine presenting the material

that will make the audience nod, smile, respond.

- Imagine knowing that they have absorbed your message, that they are impressed with you.

--Imagine the confidence you can generate by being able to present, successfully, with style.

 

Incorporate Humour in your next Presentation

Some speakers say, ďI could never use humour in my speech; I just donít feel comfortable with it.Ē  I believe that anyone can use humour and that it is a valuable tool in speaking.  Appropriate humour relaxes an audience and makes it feel more comfortable with you as the speaker; humour can bring attention to the point you are making; and humour will help the audience better remember your point.  It can break down barriers so that the audience is more receptive to your ideas.

 

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Use Humor in Business Presentations and Speeches Says Executive Public Speaking Coach

 How many blondes does it take to change a light bulb?

Tell that joke during your next business presentation and you'll either win your audience or lose them. Maybe forever. Most jokes are suitable for some occasions and unsuitable for others. Few things are as painful as listening to a speaker tell a bad or tasteless joke. The speaker suffers, and so does the audience.

And yet nothing is better than humour for grabbing the attention of an audience and winning them to your point of view. A good laugh relaxes an audience. That's why so many experienced speakers open their talks with a funny story or humourous line. And salt their remarks with witticisms or funny anecdotes.

The secret to succeeding with humour in the boardroom is to be funny and appropriate at the same time.

 

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Why Use Humour in Your Presentations?

Why should I bother using humour in my presentations?

Can't I just deliver my information and sit down?

You sure can! That's what most people do. The problem is that most people are not effective presenters. They are nighty-nite, snooze-inducing, say-your-prayers, hit-the-sack, unlicensed hypnotists. They are ZZZZZs presenters. They might be experts in their field and able to recite hours and hours of information on their topic, but is that effective?

 

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Larry Wilde and Patricia Fripp: What the Great Comedians Teach Us About Comedy - Audio Download

Award-winning speaker Patricia Fripp interviews Larry Wilde about his experiences and education in comedy from interviewing the great comedians for his book Great Comedians Talk About Comedy.
 
You will learn the inside secrets of America's greatest comedians. Hear the collective wisdom of the people who defined American comedy. They included Woody Allen, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, George Burns, Johnny Carson, Phyllis Diller, Bob Hope, and Jerry Lewis.
 
Larry is a best selling author of 56 books and a popular humorist. Recorded live at the National Speakers Association of Northern California.

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The Art of Using Humor in Public Speaking:  Psychology of Humor

Because humor is such a powerful emotion, it is a good idea to understand (if that is possible), the psychological basis of humor. More specifically, what makes laughter and the humorous situation "work". Your assignment, from now on, is, when you hear people laugh, to ask yourself, "Why did they laugh"? This attention will sharpen your skills at recognizing possible material for your own use and help you get a feeling for what makes humor work.

 

 

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Public Speaking And Using Humour

 

The whole point of public speaking is to give your audience something to take with them. Rather it be something of entertainment, something of persuasion, and even just some new and interesting facts. You will want your audience members to be able to say that they learned something or that they donít waste their time listening to you. You will find that it can be hard to break through and audience, but you will want to use your emotions to convince them that they are getting something out of the time that they are spending with you.You will need to use different tools in working the system. One of the best tools to use is humour.