Public Speaking Skills:
Why use Humor?
You might be wondering why you should bother using humor with your
public speaking skills. You might ask "Can't I
just deliver my information and sit down"? You definitely can do
it hat way and that's what most people do. The problem is most people
are not effective public speakers, they do not use good public speaking
They are "nighty nite", snooze inducing, say your prayers,
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 really effective?
According to Bob Orben, Special Assistant to President Gerald Ford
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 one." Just look at the effectiveness of
President Reagan, well known for his humor and public speaking skills.
A survey 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 good public
speaking skills with the use of humor and other high-explosion techniques
a fine polish on your public speaking skills which can help propel you
to the top of the speaking profession, or indeed an avenue to the top
in any profession.
There are many benefits you can derive from using humor when practicing
your public speaking skills. 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
Using Humor with your public speaking skills helps you do the following:
HELPS YOU CONNECT WITH THE AUDIENCE.
MAKES YOU MORE LIKEABLE.
HELPS EMPHASIZE POINTS AND IDEAS.
OVERCOMES OVERLY FLATTERING INTRODUCTIONS.
GETS YOUR POINT ACROSS WITHOUT CREATING HOSTILITY.
HELPS RELATE FACTS AND FIGURES.
MAKES A POSITIVE IMPRESSION.
SHOWS THAT YOU DON'T TAKE YOURSELF TOO SERIOUSLY.
HELPS PAINT PICTURES IN THE AUDIENCE'S MIND.
MAKES INFORMATION MORE MEMORABLE.
LIGHTENS UP HEAVY MATERIAL.
YOU WILL BE ASKED BACK.
YOUR SPEAKING WILL GET YOU HIGHER EVALUATIONS OR MORE SALES.
YOU WILL MAKE MORE MONEY.
YOU WILL MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY.
This is my favorite benefit. I get great satisfaction from knowing
I have brightened someone else's life. I had an executive come up to
after one of my humor seminars and say, "You opened up a whole
world for me." I almost cried right on the spot. I'll never forget
I love to hear how my public speaking skills effects my audience.
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