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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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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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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Speaking or Presenting? Make sure you cover off these 3R’s in the first 5 Minutes

When you are speaking or presenting, have you ever thought how people show up?  Have you ever wondered what has happened to them just before they walked into the room?  They might have had a crappy phone call with a customer; they might have had the peak hour traffic from hell, or a disagreement with…

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