Humor and your Persuasive Speech
Humor quotes and humor jokes

How can humor assist your persuasive speech?

Secret: humor quotes and jokes can give YOU the edge in any speech and presentation. Even at a serious time such as a Eulogy, if done respectfully and sensitively, and especially if the person was humorous themselves.

How can YOU be humorous ?

Even better, how can you
be humorous and
also keep an audience
in suspense ?
- I'll tell you later.

But firstly, why should you even consider being humorous?

Why consider humor in a speech ?

In many ways, humor creates a powerful persuasive speech.

Humor will:

  • relax your audience
  • keep them interested
  • build rapport with your audience by placing you at a level equivalent to your audience
  • provide an atmosphere or ambience of goodwill that is favourable to your communications
  • create a receptive environment for your words and communication.
  • gives the audience permission to move and squirm in their seat as they laugh – they’ll love you for it, otherwise they have to sit very still.
  • humor quotes brings the wise humorous words of respected leaders that we most likely admire, and places a smile on our faces.

Humor 'oils' the way,
reduces friction,
reduces barriers,
provides an energy in the room.

Why consider humor in a speech ?
To assist you in the development of your persuasive argument.

Humor can be good and bad.

Your audience will detest cliched jokes, especially if they are irrelevant to the speech topic.

Your audience will love speech humor that is spontaneous, and natural. Being yourself.
Your audience will love a quick one-liner, adhoc and off-the-cuff words. Even an appreciative chuckle or a smile.
Conclusion: spontaneity and naturalness.

So, how can YOU be humorous ?

Humor does not have to be words. Humor can be a facial expression, body language, a gesture, a “twinkle in the eye” or a sense of playfulness. Obviously, humor can also be funny words, a word image or word picture, speech exaggeration, an accent, a flippant attitude.

A speaker's humor is vastly different to the humor of a professional comedian. As mentioned above, a speaker's humor can be multi-faceted, and most important very powerful if it is natural.
A speaker's humor serves as

    - a short interruption, or to
    - support what is spoken or to
    - support what is happening.

A comedian on the other hand, tells a joke, and in itself, it is an important statement. Whereas for a speaker, it supports, facilitates and “oils the way” for the important message.

Where else can humor be used to improve persuasive communications and create a memorable message?


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