HELPS YOU CONNECT WITH THE AUDIENCE. What audience is
going to listen to you if they don't feel you are one of them?
MAKES YOU MORE LIKEABLE. The more an audience likes you, the
more they will be likely to agree with your ideas.
AROUSES INTEREST. Many of you speak to audiences that don't even
want to be there. Humor can help you gain their interest.
KEEPS ATTENTION. Grabbing interest at the beginning of a presentation
is not enough to carry you to the end. You must keep the attention of the
audience all the way. Unfortunately our audience's attention spans are
becoming shorter and shorter. They are becoming more of the MTV generation
where the average time a shot is on the screen is just a few seconds. According
to Ron Hoff in his presentation skills book, I Can See You Naked "If
corporate managers ever saw their own meetings on TV, they would pick up
their remote controls and zap themselves into oblivion in the flick of an
eyelash." We are competing with movies that have 100 million dollars in
special effects. We must be prepared to deliver a fast-paced program that
surprises members of the audience. At times we need to knock them in the
head to make sure they are present. Humor and other presentation devices
placed appropriately will help you do this.
HELPS EMPHASIZE POINTS AND IDEAS. Anyone who has ever taken
a simple speaking course knows that you must hit your audience on the head
with your point over and over before they get it. Humor is one of the hammers
you can use.
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