Technology isn’t the only tool you can use to boost your presentation or performance. There is a secret ingredient that many fail to add. What is it? Humor!
Using humor is a great way to make the audience feel more comfortable, interested, and connected. Unfortunately, many speakers and presenters get so dependent on their slides and their bullet points that they forget this simple but very effective tool.
What is amazing to me is how many of these presentations have technical issues. This happens to musicians and singers as well. They stop to tune their guitars and there’s dead silence. The audience has to wait and endures lots and lots of “dead air.”
This is when it’s time to chat up the crowd. Even if you have no plans to be a professional speaker, chances are you will need to do a presentation at some point. Don’t panic! Start making conversation!
I’ve seen thousands of performances and presentations in my life. The ones who stand out are not just super-talented, they’re great at engaging their audience. When audience members connect with you, they buy from you, they follow you, and they tell their friends about you.
Flowers for Faye was a talented local band that never took themselves too seriously. Their jokes and stories really added to their lively and fun performances and made them the #1 most requested band on my roster. They are no longer together but I keep getting requests for a reunion show. They had great energy and great interaction!
Adding humor makes you seem more relatable, real, and interesting. You don’t have to be super-polished or rehearsed. Just relax! Here are some tips and an illustration in this very unrehearsed video, which features an aptly-titled tune by Flowers for Faye called “Are You Kidding Me?” Enjoy!
Dori Staehle, MBA lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is the Chief Encouragement Officer and Rhythm Maker at Rock the Next Stage. Dori has coached hundreds of young, local bands and solo artists and helped them with their stage presence and performance, booking, and promotion with her former business, Next Stage Entertainment. She now offers business, success, and ADHD coaching, therapeutic drumming, and fun drumming events. Dori is a passionate and funny motivational speaker who feels that humor, like drumming, can be very therapeutic. For more info or to book Dori, click here. For more great tips, snag my free E-book in the box on the top right of this page!