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Sunday, March 9, 2014

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Difference Between a Comedian and a Humorous Speaker

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A comedian is mainly concerned with making people
laugh. This is their only intention.  Humorous speakers, on
the other hand, use humor to get their message across; to
maintain audience attention and add spark to their
presentations. I have great respect for comedians. They have
nothing to hide behind when they’re on stage.
If they’re not funny the audience doesn’t respond and when
this happens they bomb. A humorous speaker can always hide
behind content when the audience doesn’t respond to their
humor.  It always gives me a sense of comfort to know that I
have somewhere to hide.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Using Humor in Public Speaking

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Using Humor in Public Speaking               

 When you use humor in your speeches you have a real
advantage over those speakers who don’t. People love to laugh
and to be amused so anyone who can accomplish this task is
well on the way to success, especially in public speaking.

Many people have forgotten how to laugh with gusto. It
is almost as if it is something they put away at the onset of
adulthood. Children have no problem laughing. In fact the
research indicates that children laugh over 400 time a day
while adults can only manage 15.  It is in our best interest
to rediscover the pleasure found in humor and laughter.

We learn to laugh by laughing.  I read recently about
a study that was done on laughter. One person in a group
started to laugh. The laugh began softly and gradually grew in
volume and intensity.  The other people in the room had no
idea what was causing the  laughter but they began to join in.
Soon everyone in the room was laughing heartily at nothing
more than the laughter of another. Try it sometime. Just start
laughing in the presence of others and see what happens.
People tend to join in the fun and good humor whether they
know the cause of it or not.

The same phenomenon applies to public speaking.  Some
believe that people should never laugh at their own jokes. I
disagree with this totally. If I am speaking and I share a
humorous anecdote or one liner within the context of the
speech I always laugh after telling it.

Inevitably the audience joins in whether they found
it funny or not. Those in the audience who found it  funny
laugh heartily. Those who didn’t find it funny end up laughing
with those who did. It works. Try it.

 If I am using  humor in my speech and I don’t laugh
after telling it, just how funny was it in the first place? If
I think the story is funny I want the audience to think so
too.  They will be more inclined to find it humorous if I am
standing in front of them obviously getting a charge out of it

 Get used to the fact that humor is subjective. What
one person finds funny another doesn’t. Some will literally
roll in the aisle laughing, others will sit there stone-faced,
some will be mildly amused and many will laugh quietly.  It is
important to remember that not all who sit unsmiling in front
of you didn’t enjoy  the humor in your story or remark. I once
had a person approach me after a speech and tell me how much
they enjoyed my humor. They could have fooled me for they
didn’t laugh at all throughout the talk. You really can’t tell
a book by its cover.

Once in awhile something you say in your talk will
result in howls of laughter and you will have no idea  what
made them laugh.  If this happens make a mental note of it and
use it again in your next speech. If it evokes laughter again
don’t question it. Just go with it and insert it into your
speech permanently. It was a gift.

Never use dirty humor. Even if there are people in
your audience who like this kind of humor there will be many
who don’t. Even those who are not offended by dirty humor in
their private lives are offended by it when it is used within
a speech.  Never risk alienating a good segment of your
audience with dirty humor. Now earthy humor is a different
While I never use dirty humor in my talks, I frequently use earthy material.
Most people love a good earthy story providing it doesn’t cross the line.
Here is what I mean by earthy humor: Did you hear about the old man who streaked
through the annual flower show?  He won first prize in dried
arrangement. To me this is cute and earthy. Not too many would
be offended by this short piece....I don’t think.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

How To Be A Funny and Entertaining Speaker

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Collect one liners and humorous quotations on what both men
and women are interested in talking about. When giving a
speech or just chatting during break insert a funny line or
quote related to the topic being discussed.
Here are the topics men and women are most interested in.
* sex
* social life
* money
* politics
* luxuries
* cars
* sports

* family and home
* friends
* personal growth
* health
* work
* recreation
* travel
* wealth
* religion/spirituality
* shopping
* clothes

Start thinking like a HUMOR HOUND and develop a nose for humor
related to the above topics.  Keep a notebook with you and jot
down anything humorous you read, experience  or observe.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

How to Add ZIP to Your Talkss

Humorous Quotes to Brighten Your Day,
Enlighten Your Life and Add Zip to your Talks

by Mike Moore

As many of you know, I speak about the practical uses of humour in our lives and in our relationships at home, at work, and at play. 95% of all the requests I receive to speak have to do with this subject.

George Bernard Shaw once said that if you find something funny search it for hidden truth.  Here are few pearls of wisdom packaged in humour. Enjoy and use them in your presentations if suitable.
  1. You wouldn't worry what people thought about you if you only knew how seldom they did.
  2. To expect life to treat you fairly because you're a good person is like expecting a bull not to charge you because you're a vegetarian.
  3. Worry is like a rocking chair; it will give you something to do, but won't get you anywhere.
  4. Pain and suffering are a lot like gas....they too shall pass.
  5. Always borrow money from a pessimist. They don't expect to be paid back.
  6. Anyone who says that swimming is good for the figure has never taken a real good look at a whale.
  7. A bore is always "ME" deep in conversation.
  8. Some people think their lives are full, when really they're just cluttered.
  9. If at first you don't succeed, try not to be amazed.
  10. A leader without a sense of humour is like a grass cutter at a cemetery. You have a lot of people under you paying absolutely no attention.

Live Better....Laugh More

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