It‘s Only Funny (and Meaningful) if it’s Relevant

One of the biggest mistakes I see speakers make – often at the suggestion of a less than effective “speaker coach,” is a random joke “to warm up the audience.” It is usually cringeworthy, detracting from the power of your talk. It’s why so many people don’t even try to bring humor into their speeches!

But, the good news: There’s a simple, elegant solution to the problem in the following two-minute video.

How John Bates blew his TED TalkBy JOHN BATES / ABOUT AUTHOR
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