3 Reasons NOT to Use Jokes in Your Presentation!

by Bill Stainton We hear it all the time: if you want to get the big bucks, you’ve got to use humor in your presentations. Even if you’re not in it for the money-humor definitely helps you to get your point across. There’s no question that if you give presentations in front of an audience, humor should be one of …

Linking Your Stories to Your Message

by Bill Stainton   There are many compelling reasons to use humorous stories in your presentations. They make you more likeable, they make you more memorable, they help you generate higher fees, etc. But as far as your audience is concerned, there is only one reason: you use humorous stories to further your point! That’s it! You’re not using them …

Stainton’s 10 Commandments of Humor

by Bill Stainton   1. Thou shalt target thy audience   This is the first and great commandment! You must know who your audience is, and choose your humor appropriately. This doesn’t mean just knowing who the group is, or even who the individuals who comprise the audience are. It means understanding the occasion, knowing the back-story of the group, …

Where To Find Personal Stories

by Bill Stainton   If you know anything at all about me and my speaking style, you know that I am a huge, huge fan of humorous personal stories! I think they are, hands down, the best way to add humor to your speech or presentation. I like them better than jokes, funny quotes, and cartoons. Why? Because they are …

The Power of Personal Stories

by Bill Stainton   Most people who know me as a speaker, consultant, or coach know two things about me:   1. I love humor!   2. I hate jokes!   Don’t get me wrong: I like hearing a good joke; I’m just not a big fan of their use on the platform. I think there’s a much more powerful …