Sunday, September 24, 2017

Tips on Telling Jokes

  • Be familiar with your joke at all angles and make sure you know where and how you are headed.
  • Practice delivering your jokes with confidence and style, focusing on the punch line. Try telling it to you kids, your husband, wife and even your pets. Practice it by yourself too (in front of the mirror). Definitely, it helps to practice them before actually telling it, so you won’t look like an idiot telling a “not funny” piece. Aim to practice a joke everyday until such time that you will realize that you are used to making another people laugh. Practice makes perfect and soon, you can deliver a joke spontaneously that listeners can feel as if it was your own life experience, and that you were actually there when it happened.
  • There is time for everything including an appropriate time to tell a humorous story. Therefore, it is important to choose the occasion of when to introduce it. If there is a suitable instance for one of your jokes during a conversation, you can butt them in; otherwise, you might as well wait for a pause.  Besides, the most amusing jokes take place when it is least expected.
  • If somebody else is trying to tell a joke, do not finish it for him or her. Even if you have heard it many times before, just laugh or smile.
  • Never overexert telling a funny story such as hogging the conversation with one joke after another. Instead, develop more and different ones. Surprise your audience.
  • Ensure that you can convey a hilarious story perfectly word per word. A lot of people mess up a real good joke rushing them and mumbling incoherently. To enormously add impact, fight the temptation to hurry and slow down a little. Find a way to pause for an effect, which usually, you will know when. Make the right face gestures or actions and props to bring a frame of reference to the audience. This way, you are bringing people’s imagination to life and enhancing the result.
  • Tell a joke smoothly with no traces of self-consciousness. Just be natural. If it is a foolish joke, deliver it like a foolish person.
  • Correspond the joke to the audience. Make certain that you don’t seriously offend people so you wouldn’t be guilty of misjudging them. Excuse yourself from racist or offensive jokes.
  • Make an effort to browse through the Internet for jokes to avoid, for instance, a story that everybody has heard of.
  • Sometimes, listeners appreciate a joke if it has been shortened to the most necessary specifics and the colorful details and fluff are disregarded. Keep it simple and maintain the momentum. Never swerve course with irrelevant points.
  • Rather than memorizing and reciting stories just as you have read it from your source, why not tell it the way you have remembered it. Just take note of how the story flows as well as the essential events.
  • Project the feelings or exaggerate the emotions of the characters you are referring to in your story. Add things here and there. Your tone, speed and volume may be varied, and you could emphasize important words, concepts and pauses.
  • In cases wherein you are invited to give a talk, a presentation, or you were unexpectedly being pulled off your seat to tell a funny story, make sure that you got a handful of them prepared to lift the mood of the gathering. Remember and select a few good ones that really tickled you so that in case your audiences are in the edge of dozing off to sleep, you are confident that you can turn those sleepy heads rolling on the floor laughing. Furthermore, make sure that you look nice by wearing a designer ties and pick those that are closely related to your topic of discussion. The audience crying out for a little entertainment will appreciate a speaker who puts some relevant and well-told jokes into his or her discussion.
  • If you feel your audience doesn’t like you, never attempt to tell a joke, but if you feel the other way around, you are positive that they are prepared to laugh.
  • Come up with a bewildering introduction and avoid saying, “hey, I have a funny story to tell...”
  • Don’t steal jokes from others nor take credit for a joke than has never been yours. It is a given fact that at least a couple of people in every audience have already come across your joke. Therefore, if you don’t want to risk looking like a fool, let the listeners know where your story came from. In that way, you can earn and keep their respect.