Public Speaking Course:
Get 'em in Fun
Sigmund Freud had some great insight that you will learn about in my public speaking course.
He wrote:"The most favorable condition for comic pleasure is a generally happy disposition in which one is in the mood for laughter. In these happy states almost everything seems humorous. We laugh at the expectation of laughing, at the appearance of one who is presenting the comic material (sometimes even before he [she] attempts to make us laugh), and finally, we laugh at the recollection of having laughed."
This concept has been termed '"In fun" by people that study the effects of humorous behavior. If you want your audience to laugh, they must be in fun. You, the speaker, must be in fun. The emcee or program coordinator must be in fun. The whole program should be designed around the audience being 'in fun'.
Try not to do anything to take your audience out of "in fun". Don't speak about controversial subjects like religion or politics and don't make unfriendly comments to other audience members. If a situation occurs which must be dealt with, find funny way of taking care of it. For instance, if I'm at a presentation and someone asks me who I voted for I say, "I voted for the USA." That's just a way to say that I really prefer not to talk about it. Keeping in tune with your audience is part of using your skills you learned in your public speaking course.
Dr. Charles Jarvis who is a retired National Speakers Association member and one of the greatest
An "in fun" audience is more critical for the presenter who is
Also, pay close attention to the total program. One friend of mine had
DON'T start right in with your best humorous
How do you put in fun into practice? One time I had a ventriloquist