You may have heard many times that humor should not occur at
anyone's expense. That's mostly said by people who are not good
enough speakers to pick on someone else successfully. This
article will tell you how to do it.
First of all you better be pretty good using humor already to try
this technique. I'll also give you fair warning that if you do
this wrong it could backfire, so pay close attention.
STEP 1 RESEARCH
When you are doing pre-program research, ask who are the real
hams that are going to be in the audience. Ask for traits about
them that everyone in the audience will know about. Start a list
which includes the highest ranking people that will be in the
STEP 2 ASK PERMISSION
Call up the people on the list and ask them if they mind if you
tease them a little. Tell them you heard about how much they love
golf, or whatever else you have learned about them already. Tell
them you plan on teasing them and giving them lines to say back
at you. You will most likely get a resounding yes if they are
NOTE: BE CAREFUL OF PICKING ON LOW LEVEL PEOPLE. IT MAY APPEAR
YOU ARE BEING MALICIOUS. IT'S BEST TO PICK ON THE HIGHEST RANKING
OFFICIALS, THE SALES LEADERS, WELL-LIKED PEOPLE, ETC.
STEP 3 WRITE OR RESEARCH HUMOROUS LINES
I suggest buying yourself a roast/insult book. Here's some
"Some people believe that Joe is one of the best, most prolific
salespeople this company has ever seen . . . (pause) and some
people believe in the Easter Bunny.
"I've got good news and I've got bad news. The good news is Sally
is taking golf lessons. The bad news is she's taking them from
Fred (Fred would be a guy who is always bragging about his golf
game, but he's really not that good)
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