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Use Humor to Spice Up Your Next Speech

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Use Humor to Spice Up Your Next Speech
Public speaking notoriously provokes fear in many speakers. However, knowing that you have a great, humorous speech to deliver can go a long way toward alleviating speaking anxiety. Some speakers say, "I could never use humor in my speech. I just don't feel comfortable with it."

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Anyone can use humor

Anyone can use humor

Appropriate humor relaxes an audience and makes them feel more comfortable with you as the speaker. 

Humor can bring attention to the point you are making and help the audience better remember it.

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Developing Anecdotes

Developing Anecdotes

The best and most comfortable place to find humor comes from your own personal experience. 

Jot down funny ideas as you come across it that might appeal to your audience - an embarrassing moment that you might not have found funny at the time, or a funny conversation you had. 

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Honing the Delivery

Make sure your choose humor is funny to you. First practice with small groups of people. Pay attention to the way your are delivering the joke or quip.

Only use humor in a speech after you are comfortable telling it from memory and have tested it.

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Potential Misfires Of Using Humor

Don’t preview your humor by saying, “Let me tell you a funny story.

Look pleasant and smile as you launch into your funny line, but if no one smiles or laughs, then just move on as though you meant for it to be serious.

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Humor benefits to marketing materials

  • Humor breaks down walls, shows personality a.k.a. shows a brand's human side.
  • Humor is attention-grabbing. It is naturally colorful and origin...

What humor is, at its worst

  • The wrong joke at the wrong time. It can make your brand look amateurish and unprofessional.
  • If people think you’re cracking jokes for the sole purpose of getting more attention, you’ll be seen as exploitative rather than funny.
  • Humor can cheapen certain ideas or make them be taken less seriously.
  • In some cases, humor can be outright offensive.

Key areas to create value with humor

  • Humorous touches can almost always improve a piece that is already valuable on its own.
  • If you’re sure a joke is going to land, it can make an effective advertisement. Test variations of the joke with a small audience first; that way, you can be sure the humor doesn’t cross a line.
  • Brand differentiation. For example, Oreo has long differentiated itself by offering a quirky, tongue-in-cheek voice across its social media platforms. This is especially effective in dry, or otherwise “boring” industries.
  • Personal branding. Elon Musk, for example, has separated himself from his companies Tesla and SpaceX by cracking jokes and roasting people on his own account.

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3 rules for making irony memorable

  1. Create an overarching story that is different from what you’re apparently talking about.
  2. Something important has to be at stake.
  3. Its viewpoint has to run counter to the one held by those currently in power.

Wit is the humor that creates charm

It also impresses with intelligence:

    • But don’t try too hard. Wit flows from passion for the subject.
  • Wit is all about overturning expectations. The wit is in the surprise.
  • To be witty, take the subject, but not yourself, seriously. Wit begins with yourself, with self-deprecation.