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Humour In Business – Air New Zealand

In my Foundations of Funny Workshops I talk about the “Humour Zone” – which is where your business message crosses over with your customers world.   The reason to use the humour zone is so that humour is relevant to both your business and your target market.  Otherwise your humour will not be used with…

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How to use Humour to Break Down Barriers

One way to use humour effectively is to break down the barriers with your audience.  You can use it to address uncomfortable things, call out the ‘elephant in the room’, say the thing that everyone is thinking and dissolve basically anything that will stop people from listening to you.   Once those barriers are broken…

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An MCs 1st (and probably most important) Job at a Live Event

MC’s have a lot of jobs at a live event – but their first job (and one that I think is probably the most important) is to turn a room full of people into an audience and unify them as a collective group.     To the uninitiated, “a room full of people” and an…

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How to Introduce a Speaker so the audience will listen

If you are the MC or in charge of introducing a speaker at your event, there are few things you can do to make sure the audience is going to pay attention and listen. It’s all about positioning the speaker. Yes you can just introduce the Speaker, but if you also position the speaker properly,…

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7 Must Do’s if you are MCing an Event

As an Event MC you are the person in charge of audience experience. A good audience experience can help make an event outstanding.  A poor audience experience can make an event “just ok.” As the MC, you are one who will set the tone and the vibe for the event.  It’s like you are in…

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Why it’s easier for Professional Speakers to be funny than it is for Comedians

Are you a Professional Speaker that wants to be funny?  Or are you one of those Keynote Speakers, Presenters or Trainers that don’t even attempt to be funny because it’s too hard?  Well did you know it’s actually a lot easier for a Speaker to be funny that it is for a Comedian!   Comedians are expected…

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Is doing a Stand Up Comedy Course a waste of time if you are a Professional Speaker or Presenter?

I was having a chat with a Professional Speaker recently who said something that startled me a bit.  She said “I’ve been trying to do a Stand Up Comedy Course for years, but I’ve never been able to do it because I haven’t been in town for 8 weeks in a row to get to…

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If you want to be funny – DON’T TELL JOKES

The number 1 rule if you want to be funny is DON’T TELL JOKES. Now I get this may seem completely contradictory, so let me explain.  Jokes are a real problem for Speakers because it puts you on the radar.  As a Speaker, you have the huge advantage that your humour is able to fly…

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One quick tip for Speakers to get a laugh from your audience

The first rule if you want to get a laugh from your audience is don’t tell jokes.  Jokes are a real problem for Speakers because it puts you on the radar and people know that you are trying to be funny.  If the joke doesn’t work, you’ve left it all hanging out, looking like a bit…

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What’s the difference between a $6K Speaker and a $20K Speaker?

As a self professed “Left-Brain Creative”, I love to nerd out on stats and charts every now and then (but the creative part of me still has to make it fun!)  As the use of humour is traditionally a very subjective thing, I wanted devise a method to quantify and analyse what was happening when…

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