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The following presentations try to answer questions about using humor in presentations. They deal with questions like…

  1. Is it okay to use humor in presentations?
  • What kind of PowerPoint humor is acceptable in a professional presentation?
  • What are the different types of humor?
  • I am not very humorous. Can I use humor in presentations?

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3 Steps to better humor in presentations

Here is a presentation that has been very popular and was featured on Slideshare when posted 3 years ago.

It has over 7700 hits and 50 favorites. It provides a step-by-step process for delivering PowerPoint humor.

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6 ways to add humor

This is a presentation that has been quite popular on Slideshare. It has over 7700 hits and 41 favorites.

The presentation deals with the different types of PowerPoint humor. Each type is categorized based on the level of difficulty in usage and the occasions in which they can be used.

Related: Using Presentation Humor to Light Up your Board room

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3 steps to better humor in presentations – Presentation Transcript

  1. SOMEBODY PLEASE LAUGH! 3 steps to better humor in presentations
  2. Delivering powerpoint presentation humor right, is like playing a game of golf…
  3. … any one can play it. But what leads to a good game is…
  4. Practice…
  5. Good delivery…
  6. ..and the right tools.
  7. > Practice > Good Delivery > Right tools
  8. Good humor isn’t a trait of character, it is an art which requires practice . David Seabury American Author
  9. (PRACTICE) ^ 10 till you can deliver right
  10. Try it out on friends. Do they find it humorous?
  11. Good delivery involves:
    • Set up
    • Pause
    • Punch
  12. 1. Set up the story Briefly, dramatically
  13. Make it short. Long-winded stories are boring.
  14. Make it dramatic…
  15. The product sold very well Uninteresting
  16. The product disappeared off the shelves Better
  17. 2. Pause for drama
  18. A pause calls for attention. Once audience are listening…
  19. 3. Deliver punch line…
  20. … slowly, clearly
  21. An example…
  22. When I told my client about the amazing purity of ‘e-boiled water’, he asked me… “ Can I download it from the internet?” SET UP 1 PAUSE 2 PUNCH 3
  23. The audience needs to hear the punch line to laugh…
  24. Do you have the right tools?
  25. Check the sound system
  26. Is no one still laughing with you?
  27. If you are laughing at the audience, they will not laugh with you.
  28. 4 letter words, religion, gender bias, disability, politics, insults are NOT FUNNY
  29. If your audience do not like your powerpoint presentation humor, skip it.
  30. After all, humor is not the point of your presentation!
  31. This presentation is made with our ‘Minimal’ Approach.

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6 ways to add humour to presentations – Presentation Transcript

  1. Ways to add humor to your presentations and engage your audience
  2. Remember, a presenter is not a professional comedian
  3. But s/he can use simple humor to keep audience engaged…
  4. …as humor provides relief to a dull subject and makes the topic memorable
  5. Here are some types of humor and how you can add them to your presentation…
  6. The Difficulty Meter indicates how difficult it is for you to use such humor.
  7. TYPES OF VERBAL HUMOR – Difficulty Meter Classification: Easy Medium Difficult
  8. Play with words
  9. Examples: Talking to a room full of electricians was a shocking experience After my shoes broke, I prayed for my sole (soul)
  10. Play with words: Pros and Cons Requires clear pronunciation and volume Resources: Joke books and websites Difficulty Meter Medium
  11. Exaggeration/ Understatement
  12. Example: Our customers are dying to own this product This product comes very cheap. Only half a million dollars.
  13. Exaggeration/ Understatement: Pros and Cons Translates easily to other languages Difficulty Meter Easy
  14. Ridiculous
  15. Example: This will happen when I see an octopus dancing on the road
  16. Ridiculous: Pros and Cons Audience may not always appreciate. Difficulty Meter Medium
  17. Joke/ Story
  18. Example: An apple a day keeps doctors away, if you throw the apple hard enough. Any personal stories.
  19. Joke/ Story: Pros and Cons Long stories can be boring Resources: Joke books and websites Difficulty Meter Easy
  20. Gags/ Games
  21. Example ..and let’s bang on the table to show we are a team ..… Introduce yourself, what kind of animal would you be?
  22. Gags/ Games: Pros and Cons Not suitable for very serious topics Engages audience and makes it fun Books and training sites Difficulty Meter Easy
  23. Jargon Connected to World wide web
  24. Example: Is a little apple called an applet?
  25. Jargon: Pros and Cons Used best when speaker and audience are from same industry Difficulty Meter Easy
  26. Tip: Use a mix of 2-3 types so your audience is not bored.

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