should I bother using humor in my public speaking? Can't I just deliver
my information and sit down? You sure can and that's what most people
do. The problem is that most people are not effective public speakers.
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 be able to recite hours and hours of information on
their topic, but is that effective?
to Bob Orben, Special Assistant to President Gerald Ford and Former
Director of the White House Speech writing Department, "Business executives
and political leaders have embraced humor because humor works. Humor has
gone from being an admirable part of a leader's character to a mandatory
of top executives who earned more than $250,000 per year was conducted
by a large executive search firm. The survey found that these executives
believed their communication skills were the number one factor that carried
them to the top. Mastering the use of humor and other high-explosion techniques
puts a fine polish on your public speaking skills which can help propel
you to the top of the speaking profession.
are many benefits you can derive from using humor when speaking. Keep
in mind that these benefits only help you reach your ultimate purpose
for making the presentation. They are not purposes themselves unless,
of course, you are only interested in entertaining.
Humor in Public Speaking helps you do the following:
YOU CONNECT WITH THE AUDIENCE.
YOU MORE LIKEABLE.
EMPHASIZE POINTS AND IDEAS.
OVERLY FLATTERING INTRODUCTIONS.
POINT ACROSS WITHOUT CREATING HOSTILITY.
RELATE FACTS AND FIGURES.
A POSITIVE IMPRESSION.
THAT YOU DON'T TAKE YOURSELF TOO SERIOUSLY.
PAINT PICTURES IN THE AUDIENCE'S MIND.
INFORMATION MORE MEMORABLE.
UP HEAVY MATERIAL.
BE ASKED BACK.
WILL GET YOU HIGHER EVALUATIONS OR MORE SALES.
MAKE MORE MONEY.
MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY.
my favorite benefit. I get great satisfaction from knowing that I
have brightened someone else's life. I had an executive come up to me
after one of my humor seminars and say, "You opened up a whole new
world for me." I almost cried right on the spot. I'll never forget
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