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Ten Fun Ways to Liven up Any Presentation

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, generally playful environment are more likely to stay. Productivity and creativity increase while stress is reduced. We just feel better after a nice laugh. Think funny!

1. Open with a humorous story. . I remember the instant the lights when out and I fell off the stage. I wasnt hurt and quickly said, Now I will take questions from the floor. Im at my best when getting questions in the dark. Before you might 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 . . . doesnt want to mess up her hair. Practice telling the story out loud, and cut out any parts that arent crucial. As Shakespeare so wisely said, "Brevity is the soul of wit."

2. Use props (candy bars, hats, funny faces, etc.) Props might be used as a metaphor or an analogy for a point you are introducing. They get your creative juices working while furnishing an anchor for your audience to focus on.

3. Cartoons make use of your own or others a photo saves a 1000 words. Put cartoons on an overhead or make use of as part of a PowerPoint presentation.

4. 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 all the people are utilizing humor to deal with the trying times. But is the humor timely? Is it appropriate?

Do not use ethnic, racist, political or religious jokes. Include a joke that helps bring back the total attention of the audience or as a way to lighten up your remarks. We all might make use of a sizeably good laugh from a well timed, funny joke.

5. Self effacing humor- it is better to admit you made a error than to admit that you are one. One of my lines as a mother of five is: For someone who isnt 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 every body is laughing and applauding

4 points if every body is laughing and theres a smattering of applause

3 points if every body laughs but theres no applause

2 points if some many people are laughing

1 point for a titter or giggle

6.Mime- Marcel Marceau makes us laugh and moves us. Charlie Chaplin was an all measure great without using the spoken word.

7.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 youve just gained 50 pounds. The make use of of body movements will help to visually enhance your remarks.

8.Repetitive oral recitation- (repeat after me, Remember, if you can see funny, you may be funny. Repeat a particular sentence throughout your presentation to encourage audience retention.

9. Use taped music for a stretch break. Get the audience to sing a funny song. Pass out words to a song. Lighten up your attendees have some fun and your audience retention will increase. Dont be afraid to be theatrical or silly. Its why we pay actors the big bucks; and your audiences wont let the memory slip you. Be outrageous. Its the only place that isnt crowded.

10. Group exercise a fun way to conclude your presentation is to use a group exercise. Use the football huddle to get the group to repeat a cheer or an affirmation to take some action.

Sandra Schrift 13 year speaker bureau owner and now career coach to emerging and veteran public speakers who want to "grow" a profitable speaking business. I also work with business professionals and organizations who want to master their presentations.

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