Art of Public Speaking:
Why use Humor?
Why should I bother using humor in the art of 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 do not perform with the art of public speaking.
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." Just look at the effectiveness of
President Reagan, well known for humor and the art of public speaking.
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 art of public
speaking with 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, or indeed an avenue to the top
in any profession.
There are many benefits you can derive from using humor when practicing
the art of public 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
Using Humor with the Art of 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 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 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,
but all part of the joy of the art of public speaking.
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