Why Include Humor In A Speech And How To Incorporate Humorous Anecdotes And Jokes

Why Include Humor In A Speech And How To Incorporate Humorous Anecdotes And Jokes Into A Speech To Enhance Its Beginning, Middle, And End 

If you can get someone to laugh, sincerely and genuinely, you have made a connection with them.  Incorporating appropriate humor into your speeches or presentations is a great way to engage your audience, put some levity in your information and make your presentation memorable.

Before we jump into the how you do this, it is important that any humor you incorporate into your presentation is appropriate for the audience and will not be offensive. There can be a fine line between what is funny to you and what is offensive to others.

You should never rely on humor that is racists, religious in nature, sexist, homophobic, or off-color. In a professional setting, this can lead to disciplinary action, and in a social setting, it is just awkward and will quickly erode your credibility.

So, how do you incorporate humor and jokes into your speech? A great start to a speech can be a brief and humorous story to engage the audience. It should be relevant to your presentation topic and can serve as a lead in. If you have a personal, humorous story (that is appropriate), it will capture your audience’s attention and have them engaged as you get into the meat of your presentation.

A personal story will also make you seem more “real” to the audience and they will see you as a person, not just a speaker. Think about personal stories that relate to your topic and jot down a list of ideas. Remember, this humor is just an ice breaker, don’t craft a long winded story that will cut into the time of your actual presentation.

Sprinkling humor into the middle parts of your presentation is a great way to keep your audience engaged, and pull back in those audience members that may have mentally wandered off. If you are transitioning between major topics in your presentation, this is a great time to put in an appropriate joke or lead in story. This also helps signal to your audience you are moving on to the next phase of your speech or presentation.

The closing of your speech is the wrap up, this is where you hit the ball out of the park and reiterate your message to the audience. To bring your presentation full circle, you can refer back to the opening humor that you included in your speech. Another way is to incorporate a funny quote into the closing of your speech.

In summary, appropriate use of humor in your speeches is a great way to keep the audience engaged and to add levity to your message. Remember to incorporate appropriate humor that will not be offensive to your audience.

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