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How to Use Humor Appropriately and Effectively in Business Presentations

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Presentation Skills That Work

Everyone agrees that humor, when used appropriately, is a powerful tool that will keep your participants alert and awake, increase retention, stimulate cre8tivity and enhance the listener’s reaction towards you. Whew! That was a mouthful.

The problem is that most business people don’t know how to use humor effectively as a presentation skill. You know that too because you’ve slept through their presentations. In fact, you may be one of them.

I also have tools for the terminally unfunny. My “Low Risk, Big Laughs” techniques can get big laughs for even the unfunniest in your organization. Ask for the free demo to see for yourself. If they can give the instructions that I lay out for them, word for word, ¬†then the laughs are guaranteed! (If they can’t give instructions then maybe you should’t let them speak in public.)

A Program That Will Super Charge Your Presentation Skills

Contact us today to schedule a laugh-packed presentation skills program or workshop for your organization. After assessing your needs and comfort level with using humor, we will recommend a presentation skills program for your group or individual. Depending on your current skills and comfort level your program may include:

  • Simple “Low Risk, Big Laughs” techniques
  • How not to bomb
  • Reasons for using humor
  • The “Eleven Laws of Laughter”
  • Jeff’s “Simple Secrets” of Delivery
  • Several surefire openings
  • Storytelling made easy
  • Appropriate and inappropriate humor
  • Live video taping and critique
  • Interactive training and exercises
  • How to “Ad Lib” like a professional

…or the whole shebang! Our programs range from a one-hour keynote or breakout that will fit nicely in an already-scheduled meeting to a two-day crash course in humor and presentation skills that will change the way you speak forever!

If They Snooze, You Lose!

This is the only program in the country that focuses on humor and delivery, possibly the two most important aspects of your program. You don’t believe me? How many times have you drifted off or actually fallen asleep during an information-packed dry presentation?

Be honest:
Have you ever fallen asleep during a presentation?
Have you ever had someone fall asleep during your presentation?
Have you ever fallen asleep while you were presenting?

I bet there are a few of you that could answer yes to that one too.

These days you can’t hold an audience with information alone. You have to engage them, or you’re going to lose them to their “Crackberrys” and cell phones. You will learn our proven methods for grabbing your audience by their funnybone from the “get go”.

You need Professional Help

Your Humor coach, Jeff Justice, CSP has been training business people as well as professional speakers, the art of using humor both on stage and in presentations since 1990. He has developed techniques that allow anyone to use humor effectively no matter how dry they may come across.

I trained one business leader whose wife said to me sarcastically before his presentation, “I can’t wait to see this. I’ve been married to him for seventeen years and I’ve never once heard him say anything funny.” By the end, she was floored!

A Presentation Skills Event and an Ongoing Program

For associations, the program can be a one-time event or we can come back for yearly “Tune ups” at the Humor Garage. Corporations can follow up our workshops and keynotes with a variety of programs which we will design specifically for you. This can consist of:

  • Periodic presentation skills workshops
  • One-on-one coaching with key individuals
  • Phone and email help for individual presentations

Contact us today for more information and pricing for specific programs.