Sunday, September 2, 2007

speech without humor


Listening to a speech without humor is like eating food without any flavor. After one bite, that's it, you don't want anymore of it.

So what constitutes humor? How does one inject humor into his speech? Is humor just a matter of telling a joke related to the topic?Someone who wants to establish a career in public speaking expressed his concern over his inability to deliver a joke well. I mean, he feels very bad when the audience does not seem to get the joke. This happens to many speakers that when a joke or supposed to be the humorous part of the speech does not turn out as expected, it affects their entire presentation----which should not be the case.

When the audience just stares at you like that like they did not understand you, or maybe like they did not hear you when you expect them to react with a laugh or maybe smile a little, just move on and never let your own emotion show. The worst thing is for you to repeat the joke for them to understand it and at least laugh. No. Do not repeat it if they failed to get it the first time and do not point out the fact that it is supposed to be a joke and that they are supposed to laugh for they will surely find that pathetic.

The rule in not being able to effectively deliver a joke is this: Never force the issue. Just move on with your speech like nothing happened. Just be spontaneous and cool.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

i do have many jokes in mind. i've learn it from my lolo and from the books i've read. humor is good for all people because it helps them with their problems.-william olam

Anonymous said...

First, humor is the experience of incongruity. In one's environment the incongruity may be experienced when someone falls down in a situation when they are not expected to fall down, or the incongruity can be between concepts, thoughts, or ideas often illustrated by the punch line of a joke or the caption of a cartoon.-william olam

Anonymous said...

For most people using humor effectively requires practice and planning so that one can utilize "Planned Spontaneity" which is the process of building one's humor repertoire so that it can be accessed when one wishes. Often I am told by workshop participants, "I can't tell a joke!" My reply is, "Of course you can, but you must prepare and practice just like you would to learn any skill.-william olam

Anonymous said...

kent archie gumalo

whenever me and my friends are together, we always have a certain or many topics dicussed among the group and humor is never absent bacause it adds fun to the conversation. but if your humor is not so funny you must not get offended or get sad because this could lead you to trouble.

Anonymous said...

kent archie gumalo
Humor can also be called punch line that the speaker delivers to entertain his audience or eliminate the feeling of boredom throughout his entire speech.

Anonymous said...

kent archie gumalo
In every speech a speaker delivers, he should insert funny but witty lines so that the audience will not get tired of listening. but the line must connect to his speech so that it will not turned out to be far from this world.

Jun Rey S. Lim said...

Whoever listen to a speech without humor may be a boring one no one will be interested of listening it.we need to have some jokes for us to win the crowd.

Jun Rey S. Lim said...

Whoever listen to a speech without humor may be a boring one no one will be interested of listening it.We need to have some jokes for us to win the crowd.Jokes really intertain us especially having a boring topic to be discussed. Having some jokes in a speech adds an excitement for the crowd to listen.

jHoaNna Lou pLanteraS said...

i truly agree because a speech without humor results to zero appreciation..if your speech is too serious without any mixed-jokes that would like a boring presentation which gives the audience of interest in listening your speech..all you must do is to add up some flavors to what you are speaing so that they will taste the essence of your speech..