3 Tips for Creating Humorous Presentations

Nobody wants to sit through a boring, dry, company mandated presentation. It isn’t fun for the audience or the presenter. Adding humor into your presentation will quickly improve attention levels, and in turn increase engagement. Making your presentation humorous is not difficult and you don’t have to be a comedian to be good at it. Follow these three tips to make your presentations funny and engaging.

  1. Include the Audience – Ever seen a street performer or live comedy show? Something you may notice they often do is they include the audience as part of their show. You can use this same tactic in your professional presentations. Be sure to regularly ask the audience questions or have them share examples from their lives. If you’re worried about singling someone out, you can poll your audience and have them vote on certain topics. This will make them feel like they are involved in your presentation.
  2. Have Relatable Stories – At every place of work, there are a few annoying office quirks that bother everyone. Maybe it’s the extra loud AC, or the back door that always locks you out. Whatever it is, be sure to include a quick story that involves one of these quirks and reference back to your presentation topic. Doing this will allow your audience to connect to you and your presentation, and since it’s about a quirk they’re familiar with, they’ll easily relate to it.
  3. Include Visual – Including visuals is a very easy way to add humor into your presentation. Add funny pictures or comics into your slides, or better yet – make your own! You can create your own visuals, graphics, or comics and customize them so they fit in with your work place. It’s easy to ignore a block of text in a slide, but hard to ignore a funny picture of your office with all of your coworkers in it.

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