PodiumWise | Tips for advanced presentation skills

You can’t always be sure how audience members are going to react to your humor.

You can use a line or a story with one audience and everybody laughs.  Another audience, a week later, just sits their giving no sign that anyone realizes you were trying to be funny.

I have some favorite lines I use that generate laughs almost every time.  I say “almost” because every so often one of them will fall flat.  Nobody even smiles. 

Years ago I gave myself a rule: The audience laughs first.  

If the audience laughs, I can smile or laugh.  Otherwise, I just move on as if no humor was intended.

That way I don’t get embarrassed by starting to laugh and not having the audience join me.

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