Power of Humor Testimonials
Presentations - Marketing - Leadership
Nothing positions people for persuasion
as well as a sense of 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.
Humor is viewed as an outward expression of inner competencies.
Two good reasons to use humor when speaking:
1.) Laughter is evidence that they understand you.
2.) People never get tired of feeling good.
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.
The Power of Humor in Sixty Seconds.
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 super weapon.
Chris Anderson, TED, CEO
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.
If they're laughing, they're buying.
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.
be the most advanced and most life-changing topic. There’s a
reason it’s so highly coveted: humor is power. Humor helps
build connections and relationships in ways that few other
social interactions can. It makes all participants feel good
(laughing naturally releases dopamine). It brings people together
in shared positive experiences that are memorable and lasting.
The Power of Humor at Work
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 meeting is laughter.
Humor can get in under the door while seriousness
is still fumbling at the handle.
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 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.
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 immed-
iately 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 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.
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.
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
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