Sylvie Verleye | Humor in a presentation
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Humor in a presentation

Humor in a presentation

When I ask people what they appreciate in a presentation they tell me most often ‘not too much text on a slide’ or ‘an enthusiastic speaker’ and always they tell me ‘humor’. Now humor in a presentation is of course something completely different than telling a joke. I started doing some research on what humor exactly is in presentations. I started paying attention to humor in presentations : when do people laugh, why do they laugh, when do they laugh when I am a presenter…I don’t pretend to have the absolute and one and only answer to this question but I did discover that people laugh about things they know and understand and this works even better when it is told as a story they recognize. Let me share an example with you. Mark Gungor is a therapist who gives lectures to couples who are about to divorce. He explains how male and female brains are very different. Now he can do that in a serious scientific way, but he has chosen a whole different approach. The reason why it is humorous is of course the way he brings it on stage and his facial expression, but it is very recognizable for people. This is not what you have to do in a presentation though remember the power of a story and when you tell it, see how people react.

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