• Sharing Best Practices
  • Posted 3/10/2016


Some of the best speeches and presentations in the world are full of humour. No matter the subject, a great speaker will use natural charisma, humor and beautiful language to convey their points and get the crowd excited about what they are saying.

So, how not to put people sleep at your presentation?

First of all, be a dynamic presenter:

  • Use high and low tone of speech – ups and downs will make up vibration that we’ll keep the audience more alive. It’s a monotonous voice that makes people bored and sleepy.
  •  Use easy-going and funny manner - it is silly and fun, and absolutely not something that you would expect from a man in a position of power speaking in such a serious setting – and it’s exactly why it works.

  •   Start a presentation with a joke or anecdote.

Still, be aware playing around with jokes as:

  • People might not understand your humour – so you should know the audience in front of you

  • Integrate jokes into proper places of your speech

  • Use “safe humour” and avoid disrespectful behavior.

What’s more important - Practice the joke as part of your presentation and test it out on other people before presenting. This will allow you to get the timing right and ensure that the joke with get a laugh.

You can also use funny images in your slides – it’s always best to live them up - add a bit of color, make the information stand out and use an interesting animation to switch from slide to slide. 

Or include something irrelevant into your presentation – it can be either a funny and unexpected image on the slide or simply a word which you can use any time during the presentation. Thus, you can prepare the audience by saying : “Every time you hear ‘tiger’ rise your left arm” – as the right one can be busy with taking notes.

Another quite useful trick here is known as Easter egg. An Easter egg is a term in cinematography which means a little something the director or producer has hidden in the scene with perhaps secret or additional meaning.

And finally, create an illusion of conversation – find a few people from the room who you can always apply as this is a human nature to eavesdrop the conversation.

Anyway, end your speech on a more serious note. When all is said and done you will want the audience to remember the core concepts and keep thinking about what you have said after the presentation is over. This is why you should let things naturally calm down and end with an important idea, quote or even a question. Plant a seed in their mind and make them think.

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