Humor is risky – it’s often an “all or nothing” roll of the dice.
I respect people who are funny and want to be like those people who have the power to make me laugh.
Regrettably, I’m the first to admit that I’m not naturally funny. Oh sure, I try to be – but my attempts are often strained and miss the mark.
Sometimes a failed joke to a single person gets a “courtesy chuckle” because the other person is kind and gracious.
However, that “graciousness” quickly dissipates in direct proportion to the size of the group your talking with.
Today at the SCORRE Conference we’ll be hearing from several communications experts about the appropriate use of humor in a presentation.
Below is an infographic I developed – based on the principles provided by the event organizers – that offers a quick snapshot of using humor in a presentation.
You can bet I’ll be paying close attention to the presentations today.
Question: Have you every told a joke or story to a group of people that bombed or one that made the group howl in laughter?