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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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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Important Rule of Using Humour – Be Yourself – and This Woman Nails it!

  It’s a common misconception that to use humour you have to be a funny person.  Actually a big rule of using humour is to be yourself. This video from the Ellen show demonstrates how by just being yourself you can be hilarious!  Loni Love is Ellen’s guest DJ and in true Ellen style she…

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