It’s true that humor makes the world go around and when you’re communicating to your audience it can often “break the ice”. Introducing fun and interaction into speeches brings heightened interest from your audience and this has been proven time and time again. It helps the people your addressing “chill out” and relax and adds a sense of fun to a maybe bland subject. Being creative and above all positive will really win the day.
- You’re Introduction: Putting the audience at ease by adding a humorous story to your speech is a real winner and will have them warming to you with increased affinity. It certainly breaks the ice and sells you to your public. Just recalling a funny story about life, yourself etc will create laughter and ease. – Its worth preparing your intro speech the night before and add a funny twist to it, it will work wonders before your eyes and will help put you at ease too.
- Props and presentation aids: You can employ slides on a white screen, have a cardboard cut-out of a happy person so your audience can get involved and by adding animation to your presentation you will have there full attention.
- Audience participation: Getting your audience involved really is a master stroke, Q&A is a key tool here taking and answering questions etc, asking for views and opinions on the subject matter, using real life scenarios etc all add to a great speech.
- Humor: Employ this based on your subject matter, laughter is contagious and as your delivering your speech adding a degree of humor will help the gathered people really relax and get involved. – Avoid crude, rude, political, sensitive, football and religious jokes and innuendos as some may take offense thus laughter may turn to a scowl.
- Audience Exercise: Getting them into groups and playing about potential scenarios will have them engaged and having fun in the process, suggest a small prize for the best group – this adds a competitive edge when the winners are announced thank all the teams for taking part (important)
There are numerous other techniques you can employ, for me the above work very well indeed. Think creatively and you will compile some yourself, but the above do work.