The Power of Humor
The Power of Humor
Why Humor Is An Invaluable Asset For Every Business
Why Humor Is An Invaluable Asset For Every Business
The Power of Humor in Sixty Seconds.
Nothing positions people for persuasion as well as a sense of humor.
No communication skill delivers a higher return
than well-delivered humor.
Does a professional speaker have to include humor in his talk? No. Only if he wants to get paid.
National Speakers Association
The shortest distance between two people is laughter.
At the end of laughter is the height of listening.
Once you hear that “laughter,” you know they’re with you.
Laughter short circuits the natural human instinct to judge.
Laughter need not be cut out of anything since it improves everything.
Laughter is your best medicine.
International Pharmaceutical Association
A sense of humor is viewed as an outward expression
of inner competencies.
Laughter is a powerful connection tool. Part of the evolutionary purpose of laughter is to create social bonding. Humor is a great way to become memorable, stand out from the crowd, and leave a positive impression as a likable and fun person.
Making people feel good should always be the first objective of your presentation strategy. Sharing their pain points comes second.
Most presentations are glorified snooze-fests. Start with a laugh. A quick laugh lets them know they're in the hands of a good presenter, or at least a likable person. Once you've secured that trust, they'll be more open to what you say next.
If you have any desire to be a professional speaker, you’ll make a lot more money if you can make people laugh.
When you laugh with someone, you both feel you’re on the same side. It’s a fantastic tool for building a connection. Indeed, for many great speakers humor has become a superweapon.
Chris Anderson, TED, CEO
In social media, the unofficial mantra is 'be useful or be amusing,
in that order.'
The reason why many advertising and marketing experts suggest you do use humor is because it’s fundamental to forming positive relationships. We buy from people we like, and humor is the easiest and fastest way to get there.
Humor lowers defenses, making your audience more receptive to your message. It also makes you seem more likable, and people are more willing to do business with or support someone they like.
Carmine Gallo. Author
Humor in public speaking is like the salt, spices, and herbs in cooking. The proper seasoning can change a tasteless dish into a gourmet’s delight. Humor can turn a dull speech into a resounding success.
Winston K. Pendleton
As a salesperson, I truly believe I could double or triple my business if I was funnier - and you should think about your own instincts with humor and how you can use them to your advantage.
I know as a presenter until I make you laugh you will still be deciding whether or not you like me.
Laughter is your best medicine is exceptionally high praise.
I think you can trust the medical professionals on this.
Let's face it.
If there was ever a time we needed humor
Colleagues who make others laugh are seen as more self-confident, competent, and higher in status, according to a series of experiments by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Harvard Business School.”
The most productive result of any serious meeting is laughter.
Humor can get in under the door while seriousness is still fumbling at the handle.
The Power of Humor at Work
If they're laughing, they're buying.
Levity is a funny thing. If they're busting a gut they'll bust their butts.
Nothing builds rapport faster than humor.
Many years ago the late Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks. His answer was, “That’s where the money is.” Why humor? Because that’s where the influence, the appeal, the control, the good feeling--and eventually, the money is.
Laughter is therapeutic. We turn to comedians the way we turn to doctors—for healing, for relief, for reassurance that everything will be OK in the end. When we laugh, we are reminded that life, for all of its heartbreak and pain, is still worth living.
You don’t have to be a professional comedian to use humor successfully. In fact, as a business person, you have a tremendous advantage: No one expects you to be funny. If you can’t tell a joke, you can still slip a light remark into a speech or conversation. Even if it’s not that funny, it will communicate the fact that you have a sense of humor. Remember, your goal isn’t to be hilarious, it’s to communicate your sense of humor.
Malcolm l. Kushner
It feels significant that most five-year-olds are far less boring than most 45-year-olds. It’s because they make us laugh just by being authentically themselves.
Audience laughter is like a dog wagging its tail.
A wonderful thing about true laughter is that it just destroys any kind of system of dividing people.
Humorists also have a built-in tendency to see and enjoy the incongruities, ironies, absurdities, and ridiculous aspects of real life. They thrive on the oddities of things that happen.
Paul E. McGhee, How to Develop Your Sense of Humor
These are the people who give humor a good name. They’re perceived as warm, down-to-earth and kind, good at reducing the tension in uncomfortable situations and able to laugh at their own faults.”
If I can get you to laugh with me, you like me better, which makes you more open to my ideas. And if I can persuade you to laugh at the particular point I make, by laughing at it you acknowledge its truth.
Humor is the welcome mat between a speaker and his audience. A short joke, a quick laugh, breaks the ice between you and that sea of strangers. When they laugh they’re immediately on your side.
The laughter makes them your friend. It's the most powerful
ammunition you can carry. “Powerful” is the right word for the
word for the ammunition that humor gives you. I’ve seen a clever gag or story accomplish more than all the ranting
and raving in the world could.
The attempt to develop a sense of humor and to see things in a humorous light is some kind of a trick learned while mastering the art of living.
Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
The more I live, the more I think that humor is the saving sense.
Jacob August Riis
How is Humor Useful?
The most important part is it enables us to get along with other people, to cope with difficulties, to diffuse tensions, and just simply to make life, in general, more enjoyable. And by having a sense of humor it means we have a perspective on the commonplace
everyday absurdity of it all.
Sharing humor in a presentation is a means to an end. The end is people find you likable, intelligent and someone they enjoy listening to and working with. Maybe even leadership material. Today the means to that end is available to everyone. It’s called HumorPoint.
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by Michael Kerr
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by Jacquelyn Smith
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by Peter McGraw
A ‘Fail-Safe’ Humor Strategy for Leaders
by Robert Bostick
Using humor in the college classroom: The pros and the cons.
by Drew C. Appleby, PhD
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12 Ways to Hook an Audience in 30 Seconds
by Bruna Martinuzzi
The Laugh Factor
Humor is a multi-billion-dollar industry, saturated with actors, stand-up comedians, humor authors, cartoon artists, filmmakers, comedy writers, late-night TV hosts and more. A “sense of humor” is something we actively seek in a partner, and in our closest friends. Our favorite people, characters, and memories are often the ones that make us laugh. Why is humor so lucrative, loved, and sought after? The answer is because humor makes us feel good.