Public Speaking: The Humor Factor IIMay 5th, 2009 by Frank Damelio
One of the pillars of persuasion is LIKABILITY. When your audience likes you, they will be much easier to persuade. Humor certainly enhances your likability.
After years of observing humor in speeches ranging from small networking events, to large weddings and even full-auditorium presentations, here is an invaluable generality:
The larger the audience, the easier it is to get a laugh.
Also, as counterintuitive as it may sound, the more formal the audience the easier to get a laugh. (I am not referring to a roaring laughter).
Next time you’re at a formal event with a large audience pay attention to how even a feeble attempt at humor tends to get a decent reaction from the audience. You’ll also notice that if you are at a small networking event where you are all informal, if your comment isn’t really funny, nobody laughs.
I have my theories about why this is, but I would love to hear yours. In the end though, it’s important to observe this generality for yourself. Why? Most speakers tend to skip the appropriate humor comments when planning a speech for a larger more formal group. Perhaps they do this for fear of looking foolish in the grand limelight. My hope is that the observation shared in this blog will encourage you to take advantage of the fact that this type of environment is ripe to enjoy your humor.
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