Adding short hilarious jokes or funny one-liners to your speeches will capture your listener's attention and make your presentation more interesting.
Humor is a popular speech-giving technique because it breaks the tension, helps people relax, and allows the speaker to connect with the audience. A relevant joke can enhance a presentation and emphasize a point to make it more memorable. A quick amusing anecdote can help attendees relate to the guest of honor, or a punchy one-liner can lighten the mood and make the audience more receptive.
Of course, what one person finds funny another may find offensive, so when choosing jokes, speech writers should show sensitivity to the occasion and consider the the audience. Humor can be an effective tool, but it must be used correctly.
Wouldn't a business or corporate conference meeting be more interesting if an executive opened his speech with, "Your future depends on your dreams...so go to sleep"?
Do you have to give a speech at an Over the Hill, 60th, 70th, or even 80th birthday party? Just think of the laughs that you will cause when you stand before your guests and open with, "Right now I am having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before." (Steven Wright) Or, generate uproarious laughter with, "You know you are old when you try to straighten the wrinkles in your socks and realize that you aren't wearing any."
The Father-of-the-bride always wants to use his experience to give his newlywed daughter valuable marriage advice. How about quoting the great Phyllis Diller, "Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight." Or, the Best Man can send his friend into marital bliss with, "Just think, if it weren't for marriages men would go through life thinking they had no faults at all."
Celebrating a milestone anniversary? Spice up your speech with a little humorous relationship insight. "Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays." - Henry Youngman
Young men can add a little humor to their Bar Mitzvah speech with, "Today I am a man. Tomorrow I go back to grade eight."
Have you been asked to speak at a retirement party? Have a little fun with the new retiree by beginning your speech with, "Why do retirees count pennies? They are the only ones who have time." Or, if you are the guest of honor, encourage a few chuckles with the statement, "When a man retires and time is no longer of urgent importance, his colleagues usually present him with a watch."
If you have to address an audience of fellow college graduates, spice your speech up with this intriguing thought, "Some of the smartest, most successful people in the world never finished school. Remember that as you pay off your student loans for the next twenty years."
Whatever the occasion, giving a speech can be stressful, and keeping your audience entertained and interested can be challenging. Adding a few appropriate short hilarious jokes or one-liners can break the ice and set the stage for a successful presentation.