If they’re Laughing, They’re learning this post
I suppose I need to start somewhere, and so i thought I’d begin by talking about something that actually got me began with Stand-up Comedy; “Public Speaking”.
Now, many of you who know me today don’t understand that I used to travel throughout the States and Europe, training various Network Marketing organizations.
While as a speaker at business conventions of the kind, you usually already have the crowd in your corner, for their noted for being hungry for the information you will provide to help them get wealthy, but they still want and need great content along with a small performance this post.
This is when I started studying Comedy, since i discovered something essential which is now my speaking mantra this post:
“If They’re Laughing, They’re learning”
I found again and again that the presentations where I made the people laugh most were the ones that were remembered longest. Around 14 years ago Used to do a speech which I titled :”Let Go of the Peanut”© (more on that inside a later post) and people still approach me that heard that seminar back then and praise me saying they can still remember what I said because I left them laughing so difficult that they were in tears. 14 years later! That is the type of impact you want to leave. Encase your message with humor and individuals will remember it longer.
Now actually, using humor is not always possible. War talks, funerals and divorce proceedings are places where using humor could backfire for you. But then again you can go out with a laugh. Talk about “killing”.
Traveling internationally and talking with audiences in foreign countries creates yet another challenge. Many don’t understand English and on surface of that their sense of humor is different. I tried on several occasions to be funny in my presentations but found that people in places like Istanbul, Budapest or Brussels might just not have it. I’ll cover performing internationally in another post.
So remember this; when you are not connecting for your audience, give a few jokes or funny anecdotes to your material and obtain them laughing. That connection will work wonders this post.