Tuesday, October 28, 2014

[How to Deliver a Great TED Talk] Post 10: Humor

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Surprise and Humor

     Humor lies in twisted surprise. That's why the punch lie is at the end. Here are a few types of common humors

  1. Self-Deprecating: Making fund of yourself is probably the safest humor. We are in a society where people want to look good. So, we laugh when people let their guard down. We laugh when people share mistakes or physical pain, expressing the they are actually human. 
  2. Exaggerated reality: Excessively enlarging obvious plain thing is also a good humor. If you are a nerd, go all the way. Be a super nerd beyond any human can be. Put a normal person in an exaggeratedly extraordinary situation or put an extraordinary person in a exaggeratedly normal  situation are also good ones. For example, you may nonchalantly ignoring danger, react excessively to minor offenses, or relentlessly pursue futility. 
  3. Bring down authority: Talk about what super smart persons or politicians could have done. Statistically comparing a genius to chimpanzees would be a good one. But be a bit careful. Try not to offend anyone.

How Much?

     How often you should create humor? Great TED speakers make one or two jokes per minutes, on the average. But most of them make few humors consecutively, start presenting the main contents for a while, and make few consecutive humors again.

If Your are to Make a Joke:


  • Use your facial expression (e.g., pain) and body gesture to complement your jokes. 
  • Do not tell a joke that your heard from others. People might have heard it already. 
  • Do not fear to tell a joke. If it's not funny, no one will remember it anyway. A secret to be funny is to make more jokes.
Source: How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World's Most Inspiring Presentations by Jeremey Donovan

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