5 Ways to Add Humor to Your Presentations Without Being a Comedian - A Guest Post by Avish Parashar

Speak and Deliver

Humor is a powerful tool. And while you may not have the desire to do a full on "humorous speech," there is no reason you can't add some humor to your presentations to mix things up and engage your audience. This is not to say that every speech you deliver should be dripping with humor. Good humor stands out and is memorable. From my experience teaching people humor and comedy, I strongly disagree with this view. 3) Learn the Basics Of Humor.

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Don't Wait for Your Perfect Audience: Speak Anyway!

Speak and Deliver

I'm not going to get any clients, referrals, or book/product sales there", they argue. If its truly a 'low-risk' audience, trot out some new humor or anecdote for a test-run (not too much, and be ready to go back to your tried and true messages if need be) - Bring a friend, and camera or two, and get shots of the audience reaction as well as your speaking. Who is your perfect audience? That's a tough question for any speaker.

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Interview: Rory Vaden – Selling with Social Media

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Rory Vaden is a Self-Discipline Strategist who relates profound truths coupled with humorous anecdotes empowering professionals to conquer their fears and take immediate action in their businesses and their lives. Rory Vaden is a Self-Discipline Strategist who relates profound truths coupled with humorous anecdotes empowering professionals to conquer their fears and take immediate action in their businesses and their lives.

Add fun to your presentation with props

Speak Schmeak

Props can add liveliness and humor to your presentation and help illustrate your points, as long as you don't overuse them or overact while using them. The presentation was only ten minutes long, but Philip, one of my referrals group colleagues, managed to pack in lots of fun and humor with his props. Props enhance your message, stimulate the audience, and can add a nice touch of humor without much effort.

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Guest Blog: A Corporate Speechwriter’s Halloween Tour of Medieval England

DeFinis Communications

Humor! Inject humor, levity, tell stories – audiences love it. Practice makes perfect. Work by referrals. Here are some reference books I keep close by: Writing Effective Speeches, by Henry Ehrlich Practical advice from a master of the craft. A veteran speechwriter and executive communications specialist, Ian Griffin helps CEOs and senior managers develop strategic messaging and content for presentations to audiences worldwide.

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Web Ink Now: Top ten tips for incredibly successful public speaking

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Prepare and practice. I was curious though, as an experienced speaker, when you were first starting out how many times would you practice your presentation before your speaking engagement? I want to do more public speaking, by more I mean that I want to try it for the first time by organizing a referral club. Practice in front of a webcam?

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Public Speaking and PresentingPublic speaking and presenting: making this your best year ever!

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Second, few speakers dedicate themselves to a lifetime of learning and practice of presenting. When you learn what makes people in a crowd laugh, your personal sense of humor increases. You see, we do business with, hire, hang out with, do favors for, send referrals to, make introductions for, recommend, give references for, do more business with people we like. How to use your style of humor and fill the room with laughter. Practice your speech in your mind.

How to Get Started as a Professional Speaker

Executive Speech Coach

Learn the principles of presenting, practice your presentations and get coaching. Ask for referrals and testimonials from every presentation you deliver. Practical tips to help you deliver more effective. Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations Business presentations tips for executives, sales presenters, managers, technical experts and professionals from the "Speech Coach for Executives" George Torok.