presentations

Does funny help or hurt?

by Jamie Sanford on August 26, 2008

Chris Brogan, “The Importance of Being Funny.”

I would love to think that I’m at least slightly funny and witty.  I certainly enjoy presentations such as those mentioned in Chris’ post, presentations that have elements of humor within them to gain your attention and keep it. 

My only issue with this is how can you tell if your audience is open to the funny?  I think I have potentially suffered because of my attempts to lighten things up.  I’ve gotten the impression over the years that people think I am unprofessional, and I have no doubt that it is because I see no harm in being lighthearted during work.  Of course, these are some of the same people that said “isn’t that kid stuff?” when I suggested podcasting for our business a few years ago.

I would love to lighten up an upcoming presentation that I’m giving—but I will likely end up so worried about the response that I will stick to the standard, boring, straightforward reporting of stats, hoping the whole time that no one falls asleep.

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