Category Archives: Humor

Motivational Speaker Kelly Swanson – posts on using humor in motivational speeches

Put The Laugh Last: A Simple Trick About Writing Humor

There are two basic parts to any joke – the set up and the punch – the first part (set up) where you seriously set up a premise, and then the second part where you surprise the audience with an unexpected ending. It’s that second part where the humor lies. It should be obvious that the funny part should go last. But I have seen many comedians try to put it in the middle. So remember this simple rule of humor: The punch line always falls at the end of the joke. Don’t add anything after the funny. End on… Continue reading - Put The Laugh Last: A Simple Trick About Writing Humor >>

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A Motivational Speakers Take on Using Humor to Lighten Up a Tough Subject…

As a motivational speaker and comedy expert, one of the questions I get asked the most when speaking about humor, is how people can use humor to lighten up a tough subject. There are many places and situations where we are called upon to talk about difficult subjects. While there are some places where joking around is completely inappropriate, there are other cases where humor is an essential ingredient to delivering a sensitive message. I would think that most people know when it’s not the right time for humor – but I would also think… Continue reading - A Motivational Speakers Take on Using Humor to Lighten Up a Tough Subject… >>

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Let’s Write A One-Liner: An Easy Way To Add Humor To Your Motivational Speech

Writing humor is not an easy task, especially if you’re not a funny person, which is why I love the one-liner so much. It’s easy to write, easy to work into your speech, and easy for the audience to understand. And it always gets a laugh. If it’s funny. While many would say that one-liners should be put to rest with big hair and big bands, they are still a great way to flavor your writing and speech. And old fashioned or not, they still get a laugh. If you are a funny motivational

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