Special Delivery! Tips for Improving Your Humor

Written by Tom Antion

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C. Restate your point.

Vary The Types

The above formula would get boring and redundant rather quickly if you usedrepparttar exact same type of humor every time for part B. By varyingrepparttar 118085 type of humor in B, you can go on virtually forever, and no one will recognize that you are using a formula. I have identified more than 34 different types of humor to plug intorepparttar 118086 formula. You could use one liners, jokes, humorous props, funny stories, magic, cartoons or other funny visuals.

Rule Of Three

One ofrepparttar 118087 most pervasive principles inrepparttar 118088 construction of humorous situations isrepparttar 118089 "Rule of Three." You will see it used over and over because it's simple, it's powerful, and it works. (See, I just used it there in a non-funny situation.) Most ofrepparttar 118090 time in humorrepparttar 118091 Rule of Three is used inrepparttar 118092 following fashion: The first comment namesrepparttar 118093 topic,repparttar 118094 second sets a pattern, andrepparttar 118095 third unexpectedly switchesrepparttar 118096 pattern, making it funny. Here's an example from a brochure advertising my seminars:

Inrepparttar 118097 "How to Get There" section

From Washington, D.C., take Route 50.

From Baltimore, Md., take Route 95.

From Bangkok, Thailand, board Thai Airways.

Look Funnier

I have been accused of being too "corporate-lookingĄ¨ to be funny. When I'm being funny, I use facial expressions, odd body angles and bizarre comments and props to make up for my "normal" look. Those of you that have obvious physical characteristics that can be used in teasing yourself have an advantage. People love characters who are not afraid of teasing themselves. You can enhancerepparttar 118098 funny look with fun patterns and colors on ties and dresses, hats and funny glasses.

Bombproof Your Talks

Are you afraid of bombing when you get up in front of a group? You don't have to be. With proper material selection, a few prepared comments in case of unexpected problems and attention to time, worries about bombing can be virtually eliminated. As in tip above, make sure your material is relevant to your topic, and keep it short. The longer a piece of humor is,repparttar 118099 funnier it better be.

A. Saver Lines

Saver Lines are what you say when your supposedly humorous statement does not get a laugh. You shouldn't be ashamed to use saver lines. The top comedians inrepparttar 118100 world need them and some purposely make mistakes so they can get a laugh fromrepparttar 118101 saver line. Johnny Carson was an expert at this. After a poor response to a joke, he would say a comically insulting line like, "This isrepparttar 118102 kind of crowd that would watch Bambi through a sniper scope." Don't overdorepparttar 118103 saver lines. If you have to use too many, your material must be pretty bad.

B. Pre-Planned Ad-Libs

Another way to keep from bombing is to "expectrepparttar 118104 unexpected." Canned or pre-planned ad-libs are pre-written responses to unexpected happenings or mistakes that occur during a presentation, i.e.,repparttar 118105 microphone squeals,repparttar 118106 projection bulb burns out, you sayrepparttar 118107 wrong thing, etc. Prepared ad-libs actually do more than just save you. They make you look tremendously polished. Here'srepparttar 118108 continuum: A bad presenter will stammer around when a problem occurs. A ZZZZZs presenter will say nothing and try to ignorerepparttar 118109 problem. A great Wake 'em Up presenter will make a witty comment that appears to be spontaneous. The audience believes you are originating humor onrepparttar 118110 spot. You are just quickly recalling pre-planned responses.

Microphone Squeals

This isrepparttar 118111 portion of my presentation where I do my elephant impression.

Projector Light Burns Out

This isrepparttar 118112 first time I have been brighter than my equipment.

Highlighter Runs Out Of Ink I'm out of ink. I'll be back in a wink. (remember . . . "k" words are funny)

Think Diversity

Our audiences are more ethnically diverse than ever before, so it's crucial to watch your political correctness and eliminate sexist language from your presentation. Not only is it easy to offend, which will turn your audience off completely, easily understandable word choice is more critical than ever to ensure that your audience members "get"repparttar 118113 humor. When speaking across cultural lines, especially, visual humor such as magic, cartoons and comic strips arerepparttar 118114 most readily understood.



The One Great Sermon That Got Away

Written by Rev. James L. Snyder

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Still missing from my list was anything resembling a "great" sermon. Then it hit me.

One sermon got away. How sermons get away from a person varies with each minister. With computers these days, it is not difficult to lose a great sermon. Butrepparttar sermon I'm thinking of was B.C. (before computers).

It's hard to believe there was a time before computers. Everything had to be written by hand and stored in some filing system. My filing system, before my computer, left much to be desired.

My system did not so much leave much to be desired as to be nonexistent.

I remember this sermon now. It was a special Sunday in our church andrepparttar 118084 worship program was filled with guests, including a group of singers who were to perform at our service.

I worked for weeks on this sermon and had it worked out pretty good. Everything that belonged to a great sermon was in this sermon. I reworked it until it was as close to perfect as I could possibly make it.

The Sunday arrived and I anxiously anticipated delivering my great sermon. Everything seemed to go right that Sunday. Evenrepparttar 118085 weather cooperated by delivering a splendid day.

Looking back, however, I overlooked one thing. Concentrating so much time in preparing my sermon, I forgot others were participating inrepparttar 118086 service.

My sermon, as is usuallyrepparttar 118087 case, wasrepparttar 118088 last thing onrepparttar 118089 program. The service started on time and everything progressed very nicely.

Thenrepparttar 118090 musical group got up to sing. They were simply marvelous andrepparttar 118091 harmony was heavenly. In fact, they were so good they received a standing ovation.

Asrepparttar 118092 custom is, they responded appropriately by singing another song. Again, they received a standing ovation, which in turn resulted in another song ... and another song ... and another song.

By this time, I was nervous. Time to preach my great sermon started 20 minutes ago and there was no indicationrepparttar 118093 musical group sensedrepparttar 118094 time.

Whenrepparttar 118095 last strain of music faded and I stepped torepparttar 118096 pulpit, it was time to giverepparttar 118097 benediction. With as much graciousness as I could command, I pronouncedrepparttar 118098 benediction and dismissedrepparttar 118099 people.

To this day, nobody knows (except you) that my great sermon got away.

"And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful arerepparttar 118100 feet of them that preachrepparttar 118101 gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:15 KJV.)

James L. Snyder is an award winning author and popular columnist living in Ocala, FL with his wife, Martha. Snyder has published 9 books.

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