Humour and wisdom is one of those great
combinations - kind of like peanut butter and
chocolate, or Oreos and milk. So why do they work
so well together in a speech?
I’m going to suggest that they work well together
for 3 reasons:
1. When people laugh, they relax and they open up.
They are more receptive to your ideas.
2. Humour allows for great juxtaposition.
3. People are more likely to accept your insight and
sage like wisdom if you can laugh… at yourself.
Few things get people to drop their guard more
than humour. If you want your audience to consider
a new perspective, one of the best ways to get them
to open themselves up to it is to first get them
If you are interested in trying this in one of your
own speeches then let me suggest this. First, write
your speech out as a serious speech. Focus on
your message and not your humour. Once you’ve
got a great message, you can then go back and
look for places to add humour to the speech.
One of the problems with trying to write a humorous
speech with a serious message is that it can
appear ‘jokey’ or ‘forced.’ So write the serious side
of it first, then uncover the natural humour within it.
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