Using Humor in Public Speaking

There is no greater joy to me, than hearing someone laugh, and knowing I made it possible. As a public speaker I look forward to every opportunity I have to make people smile.

Far too often public speakers fail to connect with their audience and therefore they fail to deliver their message. Humor can be a great tool in helping to accomplish that purpose. However, there are some important points to remember when attempting to use humor in public speaking. The following points will help you on your journey to become an effective public speaker. You may not be able to apply them all, but I have no doubt that you will benefit from some of them!

1. Avoid the use of crude, profane, or intentionally offensive humor. Unless you are on late night television, or doing stand up comedy in a night club, most people do not appreciate inappropriate humor. Best to keep it clean.

2. Use humor that is appropriate to the message. Identify your topic and your audience and use humor that supports what you are trying to say. In other words, do not just use humor for the sake of using humor.

3. Use humor at strategic intervals. If you topic is not strictly humorous, then insert humor at strategic places in order to keep the mood light and to keep your audience’s attention. Nothing gets attention back any quicker than a well timed joke.

4. Avoid stale, overused humor. Stay away from knock,knock jokes, and “Why did the chicken cross the road” jokes. They have been told over and over, and you will no doubt come across as irritating or out of touch, but not funny.

5. Work hard to develop extemporaneous humor. Read good joke books and listen to humorous speakers. Learn to look for the humor in everyday life. Even if you have no public speaking engagement booked, it is good practice to get in the habit of looking for humor. Consequently, humorous things happen every day. It all depends on your point of view. When something serious happens, look for a way to turn it into humor. (Although doing so at the time may not be such a good idea!)

6. Don’t be discouraged if you lay a few eggs. As the saying goes, “If you want to make an omelet you have to break a few eggs!” Well the same is true of humor. “If you want to make people laugh you have to lay a few eggs!” Learning what is funny and when it is funny is part of your growth as a public speaker. Don’t give up!

Ultimately learning to use humor takes time. Some people are naturally funny. Others have to work at it. It is my belief that everyone can learn to use humor. If you can laugh, then you recognize humor. If you recognize humor, you can learn to provide humor to others. If something is funny to you, chances are it will be funny to someone else. Now go make someone laugh today!

The Place of Humor, Laughter and Comedy In Our Lives.

Humor, Laughter and Comedy works are very essential ingredients of good living that a whole lot of people seem to underrate generally and therefore overlook. Many of us do not really know the advantages of having a good laugh. It has become even more important these days to find a way to reduce the amount of stress we go through in our daily activities especially in the struggle to make ends meet.
Stress is one of the major causes of hypertension which is one ailment that is best avoided since it is virtually incurable. It is sometimes less manage able than the full blown AIDS. This is a very good reason why it is only wise for anyone who wishes to live long to try his or her possible best to avoid this particular ailment. Funny enough, it is so cheap to avoid it but a lot of us Homo sapiens actually prefer to spend huge sums of money on less important stuff than on our real needs in life. This is as a result of ignorance as far as I am concerned.
If you know how much of good health can be derived from humor and comedy activities, you will think twice about how you spend your free time. Interestingly, most comedy shows and humor materials are so cheap to get that one starts wondering why so many people still do not take advantage of them. There are even free blogs that serve humor as their main topic. You do not have to pay for the materials. If people still do not take such matters seriously, there can only be one reason for that. Ignorance of the importance of Humor and Comedy to one’s health generally. Let me at this stage bring to your attention what experts say about Humor, Laughter and Comedy as they affect the health of humans.
€Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.€
~ Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.
Laughter is strong medicine for mind and body
Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.
With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.
Culled From HELPGUIDE.ORG

A recent study at Stanford University concludes that laughter stimulates the parts of our brain that use the €feel good€ chemical messenger dopamine. This puts laughter into the necessary category of activities that are pleasurably addictive, and more so in the myriads of health benefits that accrue.
Laughter releases endorphins, giving us the €feel good factor’
Acts as aerobic exercise and is like €internal jogging’
Unleashes inhibitions, breaks down barriers
Great team building tool encourages better communication
Helps boost our immune system which helps us resist disease
Tones muscles, improves respiration and circulation
Encourages positive thinking and creativity
Relaxes the whole body by reducing stress and tension
Culled From American School of Laughter Yoga.
Now that you are better enlightened about the advantages of having a good laugh in your daily activities, I hope you will from henceforth do something about it. Come to think of it, from all the information above, how much will it cost you to have constant humor, laughter and comedy around you? I honestly hope you will take this issue seriously as it will make a positive difference in your life. The only people who will possibly lose out as a result of this are the medical experts whom you have been paying to help treat your stress conditions. I am sure they will survive with or without your money. I wish you all a stress less Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with Laughter and Good Health in advance. You are welcome to get some free doses of Humor, Laughter and Comedy at http:// cumedyhut.wordpress.com. Have fun while you can.