Humor for Speakers

Biggest Problem/Challenge Among My Students?

John Cantu ©

My biggest challenge is helping speakers understand that humor is a skill that can be learned, developed, and nurtured. If you listen to comedians, humorists, and professional comedy writers being interviewed they usually state something along the lines of "I'm just naturally funny."

This is incorrect. Being funny is simply a skill and like all skills it is something that can be learned. Just like you can learn to play golf, you can learn to paint, you can learn to cook - you can learn to be funny. Now it is your innate talent that will determine whether you end up playing golf like Tiger Woods, painting like Michelangelo, or cooking like Julia Childs. (Or whether you end up playing golf like Julia Childs, painting like Tiger Woods, or cooking like Michelangelo.)

But with training, while you might never reach a level on a par with Robin Williams or Rosie O'Donnell you can reach the point of being comfortable with using humor in your speeches. Using as much or as little humor as you wish to add color or personality to an otherwise dry or boring subject.
John Cantu

The power of humor is that used effectively, it makes you memorable and your message more enjoyable.

Humor sells. It can change an opinion, change an impression, makes others want to connect with you, and persuade an audience to buy into your message. Everybody loves humor.

This site is devoted to giving you a chance to see if you want to add humor to your personal as well as professional life. All the articles are free, geared to the novice and will take you step by step into the kind of success humor can give you.

Your next step would be to take advantage of all the free advice available on

Then when you know you can and want to add humor to your life and need the next step go to HumorMall's Power Tools for Success for a more in depth understanding on how YOU can be Funny without looking feeling or sounding foolish.

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"If I give you a joke, I make you funny for a day.
If I teach you to joke, I make you funny for a lifetime."®

John Cantu ©
Afraid of adding humor to your presentations?
Afraid of adding humor?
Effective Use of Humor in Presentations by John Cantu
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Includes tips for all three levels of speakers:
  1. Beginner - want to use humor or just beginning to use humor.
  2. Intermediate: Using humor and trying to refine your comedy voice.
  3. Experienced: Very comfortable with humor, looking for new wrinkle or twist.
Be Funny without looking, sounding or feeling foolish

I thought I'd let you know how much your humor presentations have helped me in my professional speaking and sales work. Two years ago I heard you speak about humor: how to create instant jokes, what makes a topic funny, the best delivery, etc. At the time I was a sales professional, managing over 1000 accounts. Using your ideas helped me "close" many more sales and develop a better relationship with my customers. I found that I could see the decision maker more readily, and communicate sensitive topics with greater ease (such as contentious customer service issues).

Peter M. Moritz