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have told it hundreds of times and do not find it amusing any
more! By doing so, you’ll be signalling your listeners to react.
Most groups are passive until the speaker prompts some
release of tension.
     Be sure to give enough time to laugh or the lingering
laughter will cut off the beginning of your next lines. React to
your own message clearly and obviously and they will react in
turn. Smile and they will too.
     When entertaining be careful that you have a construc-
tive purpose. It is fun to tell jokes and win laughter but the
presentation will seem to be a waste of time if there are no
concrete results. Try to weave some practical objective into
your presentation that your audience can use.
     The best approach is to focus on energizing them in the
first five to seven minutes of the presentation. Begin with a
funny personal experience related to an area of interest, then
move into the "meat" of the presentation.

Touch the Audience’s Emotions

Help your audience get in touch with their emotions: make
them cry and create a small lump in their throats. If you want
to make people cry, cry yourself. If you convey your emotions
sincerely, your audience will react and feel the same way you
do. If you get choked up, so will they.
     However, getting emotional during a presentation is
risky. I recommend that you wait at least 12 to 18 months after
a negative personal experience, before talking about it in front
of a group. This will ensure that you do not lose control when
recalling it.
     Professional speakers rehearse their material for hours
to get their timing right. Be sure that you prepare as well.
     Whether you plan to laugh or cry, know what you intend
to do in advance. I suggest that you use laughter at the



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