Top 7 Fun Ways to Liven up Any Presentation
By Sandra Schrift
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Most of us would agree that having humor in our lives increases rapport, strengthens our relationships and overcomes communication barriers. People who work in a positive, often playful environment are more likely to stay. Productivity and creativity increase while stress is reduced. We just feel better after a good laugh. Think funny!
- Open with a humorous story. . I remember the time the
lights when out and I fell off the stage. I wasnít hurt and
quickly said, Now I will take questions from the floor. Iím
at my best when taking questions in the dark. Before you can
be funny, you must learn to see funny. Find the humor around
you, in your life every day. The lady who takes an aisle
seat rather tan sit next to the window . . . doesnít want to
mess up her hair. Practice telling the story out loud, and
cut out any parts that aren't crucial. As Shakespeare so
wisely said, "Brevity is the soul of wit."
- Use props (candy bars, hats, funny faces, etc.) Props can
be used as a metaphor or an analogy for a point you are
introducing. They get your creative juices working while
providing an anchor for your audience to focus on.
- Cartoons use your own or others a picture saves a 1000
words. Put cartoons on an overhead or use as part of a
- Humor - should be relevant to your topic. Tom Peters
said, I deeply believe in humor; not in jokes. Humor is
spectacular. Humor relieves anxiety and tension, serves as
outlet for hostility and anger, and provides a healthy
escape from reality. It lightens heaviness related to
critical illness, trauma, disfigurement, and death. It comes
as no surprise that many people are utilizing humor to deal
with the trying times. But is the humor timely? Is it
Do not use ethnic, racist, political or religious jokes.
Include a joke that helps bring back the attention of the
audience or as a way to lighten up your remarks. We all can
use a good laugh from a well timed, funny joke.
- Self effacing humor- it is better to admit you made a
mistake than to admit that you are one. One of my lines as
a mother of five is: For someone who isnít Catholic, I sure
did my share for the pope!
Phyllis Diller is in the Guinness Book of World Records as
having the most laughs per minute.
A laugh is measured by:
5 points if everyone is laughing and applauding
4 points if everyone is laughing and there's a smattering of applause
3 points if everyone laughs but there's no applause
2 points if some people are laughing
1 point for a titter or giggle
- Mime- Marcel Marceau makes us laugh and moves us. Charlie
Chaplin was an all time great without using the spoken
- Move Your Body Try lifting your nose, look off to the
side, jut out the bottom of your jaw, and notice how you
become arrogant or aloof, Take a wide stance, shift your
hips forward, and now youíve just gained 50 pounds.
The use of body movements will help to visually enhance your
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Article Submitted On: April 06, 2006