Just as ladies should know not to bother their men when watching sports, public speaking professionals should know how the time of day affects an event. Most people aren’t early morning risers, so don’t expect to get a big laugh from this crowd. You may get a grunt, but that’s probably going to be it. Tuck that humorous content away in your back pocket for later
Brunch and lunch time are considered ideal for an energetic public speaking audience. The early risers still have energy and the snoozers have had a chance to get acclimated to real time. You’ll do well during this time to give a presentation that is content driven.
After lunch, people start mellowing out and getting tired. They’ll be less likely to focus on your public speaking material if it’s a lot of facts and hard information. This would be the best time to dump your back pocket contents on stage and hit the humor spot.
As the day wears on, so do the public speaking audience members. Keep this in mind and tailor your presentation to them. Use brevity and get straight to the point. If you use detailed explanations, you’ll lose control of the event.