How to Add Humor to your Speech

Adding humor to your speech - pondering on it

Written by Conor Cunneen

Published May 18, 2024

How to Add Humor to your Speech

This blog is one of a number that elaborates on a simple L.A.U.G.H. acronym to help you add humor to your presentation. In this one we explore one of the secrets to Adding Humor to your Presentation – Listen / Record and Capture.

 

Adding Humor to your Presentation - LAUGH acronym

How to Add Humor to your Speech – Short Video Tip

Tip on Adding Humor to your Speech

Listen (and capture what made you LAUGH)

Note that “Listen” is an all-encompassing term for any form of capturing and recording anything humorous that you see, heard, read, experience etc.

If you hear something funny that got you laughing, “Listen” to what you heard and pop it into your notepad. 

If you say something that gets people laughing, “Listen” to what you heard yourself say and pop it into your notepad.

If you see something funny, pop it into your notepad.

If you read something funny, capture it and pop it into your notepad.

If you’re on a PC / laptop / phone, it is relatively easy to do a screen share or copy the humorous material. If reading a book or magazine, options include taking a photo or scanning in some way. Alternatively, jot a few key points about the article in your notepad.

As we move through the program, we’ll look at a number of example of Listen and Capture and continuously prod you to do so.

Example of Listen and Capture

Here is a simple example of something I captured in the past week that perfectly sums up the concept of “Adding Humor to your Presentation – Listen.

Conversation with my bride, Pat.

My long-suffering wife, Pat, knew I would be leaving house after her. As she was going out, she said “If you are going out, the window upstairs is open.” to which this smart-ass replied “Can I not go out the front door?” !!!!!

That is just a simple type of shorthand conversation that married couples might have, but I am pretty sure that I will use that in some presentation when I’m talking about clear communication or the lack of it. I might reference the fact that many organizations use their own terminology, short-hand, acronyms etc. that might be clear to the people in the know but confusing to others. I might then ask the question “Is your communication clear? Does everyone “get” what you are saying?”

The great thing about a little humorous anecdote like this is that I may well be able to reference the “window upstairs” during the rest of my program to reinforce certain points about communication clarity.

A genuinely powerful tip on how to add humor to your speech is to Listen and Capture..

Remember also to CAPTURE the humor. If I hadn’t popped this little incident into my iPhone Notes almost as soon as it happened (My wife groans when I do this) I would not remember it.

If you talk, walk, read, write, listen, run…

If you talk, walk, read, write, listen, run, drive, fly, drink, eat, work, work out or do any activity, there is a real chance that you will have the opportunity to capture some humor.

I know I’ve never said this before but “Listen and Capture.” !!!

It will pay major dividends and provide you with content to add humor to your presentation.

ONWARDS!

 

 

 

If you would like more detail on Adding Humor to your Presentation and courses provided by IrishmanSpeaks Conor Cunneen visit TheImprovementAcademy.com 

Conor is a Humorous Motivational Keynote Speaker who is also a multiple author. View his books at TheShamrockShop.com

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