The Non-Comedian’s Guide to Using Humor in Meetings

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A joke is a great way to kick off a meeting or call, but nothing’s worse than delivering a quip that doesn’t get laughs. That’s why many people sidestep humor in professional situations entirely — too risky.

However, you don’t have to be Amy Schumer to tell a good joke (but if you’re friends with her, please email me). Injecting humor into a presentation is simple if you follow the five rules in Duarte’s SlideShare below.

For instance, you might be hesitant to poke fun of at yourself, but self-deprecating humor (rule #2) actually ingratiates you to your audience.

Flip through the deck to learn how to bring the LOLs to your next call, meeting, or presentation.

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