Why 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?
According 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 one."
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 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.
There 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.
Using Humor in Public Speaking 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 REQUESTED BACK TO SPEAK AGAIN.
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 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 it.