The Best Handful of Tips 27 – Humour
A good joke can help get your message across and keep your audience interested and amused. People enjoy a little nonsense now and then.
Humour depends on life experiences and these can vary greatly between countries and different social groups within a country.
The essence of humour is that it should contain an element of surprise.
You should enjoy the joke yourself if you want to tell it well.
Five of the best tips on how to prepare to tell a joke
1. Select your jokes carefully
Consider the background and experience of the audience. Take care not to offend. Sexist and off-colour jokes could upset some people so select jokes that are suitable for the audience and relevant to the occasion. Male jokes and female jokes differ.
Keep your jokes short and don’t tell too many.
Before you tell your jokes in a foreign country test them out first on a local assistant to see if they will be understood and appreciated. Some jokes may offend.
2. Collect good stories and jokes
When you hear a suitable joke or story save it. Jot it down in a note book or make a digital note for future reference. It will be readily available for an appropriate occasion.
3. Make it your story
Rewrite it. Put yourself into the story.
Make it topical, use local names and places. Revise it. Edit it. Rehearse it.
Act it out using facial expressions and gestures in front of a mirror.
4.Practise telling it to friends and colleagues
Keep telling it until you get a good laugh every time. If there is a punch-line, pause, then make sure you deliver it loud and clearly.
5. Build Your own joke library
File these jokes so you can use them with relevant topical references at the next appropriate occasion.
Collect, revise, test, rehearse and practise are the golden rules for good story tellers.
A little effort in collecting and filing jokes can be a sound investment.
“To be a leader learn to tell stories well.”
Source: “Persuasive Ways. ‘Tricks of the trade’ to get your ideas across”. First published by Moss Associates Ltd., New Zealand and in Chinese by the Shanghai People’s Publishing House, the Singapore Institute of Management, Kogan Page Ltd, U.K and in Hungarian by Bagolyvar Konyvkiado. Also published as the “Secrets of Persuasion” by Cengage Learning Asia and as an e-book and sold by Amazon.com.