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Humor Delivery Tips

(if you don't use these tips from my public speaking training, just pass out the pillows and blankets at the start of your presentation, because your audience is gonna need them)

  • Do not EVER repeat a punch line! Once the punch line is revealed, the joke is done. This bears repeating. Don't EVER repeat a punch line. 
  • OK, with that said, here's an exception to this rule. If you had a joke or punch line that died a horrible death, you can call it back at a later time to make fun of yourself. Being able to laugh at yourself is also part of knowing what you learned in your public speaking training.
  • Try not to signal your upcoming punch line. If the humor in your punch line depends upon the words "running chicken", don't say the following: "Did you hear the one about the running chicken? "
  • It is absolutely crucial that you memorize your punch line flawlessly. You should be able to awaken out of a deep sleep in the middle of a hurricane and without hesitation, deliver your punch line accurately. Make sure to give all the facts necessary for the joke to make sense. The humor is lost if you leave out the necessary details. Knowing how to properly tell a joke is another part to my public speaking training.
  • Use the fewest words possible to get to your punch line. Brevity is truly the soul of wit (never use a worn out cliché either). The longer the joke, the funnier it needs to be.
  • NEVER, EVER explain your joke. If the audience doesn't understand, it's your fault for not telling the joke right or telling it to the wrong audience. 
  • Don't walk around too much when telling a joke or story. I walk, but I stop when important points are being made and when I'm delivering a punch line to add extra emphasis.
  • If you are using notes, highlight or mark upcoming jokes or stories so they don't sneak up on you. They will need special emphasis.
  • Practice! Practice! Practice! I tell a joke or story 30 to 50 times in practice before I use it in a presentation. using the skills learned in my public speaking training in this area involves hours and hours of practice before you "Go Live" in front of an audience, always be prepared to give your best.

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