I’ve always been a big fan of using humor to engage my public speaking audience members. This tool also is good for driving home points of a speech. I’ve modified the old public speaking formula, which says, “Tell them what you are going to tell them, then tell them, and follow up with a summary of what you said.” My new model includes how to use humor to make sure your audience remembers your point but also gets a laugh.
First of all, make your public speaking point. Then flesh out your statement with props, humorous props, funny stories, serious stories, case studies, etc. Finally, restate your point.
This model for adding humor to your public speaking engagement will not only win over the crowd but ensure your point is made in a memorable way!