Are you someone who’s struggling to deliver your jokes effectively?
Are you telling your jokes word by word but no one seems to get them?
You aren’t alone because it’s a very common barrier that’s affecting many people. Once you find what it is that you’re doing wrong, people will start taking you serious and they will start laughing at your jokes instead of laughing at you.
Telling jokes the right way may come naturally to some people; unfortunately, some of us may not be so lucky. Therefore, some of us will have to learn how to tell our jokes correctly in order for them to be accepted as being funny. This post will highlight some of the most important factors for telling jokes that will have your audience laughing.
Know your target audience first
This one here is huge. Telling your jokes to an audience that is not the right fit can never be a success. An audience can be too young, too old, or perfect; however, you’re the one who should assess your audience before you tell your jokes.
All jokes aren’t created equal. You shouldn’t expect every audience member to be on the same level as well. Knowing your audience can definitely make your life easier, as it’ll be less difficult to deliver your jokes and more likely they’ll laugh at them.
Be very mindful of where you’re getting your jokes from
Many joke tellers create their own jokes, but you don’t have to do that unless you have the capacity to do so. There are many others who tell short funny jokes that were created by someone else, and it’s very easy to find them.
Nonetheless, don’t tell anyone if it doesn’t sound funny to you. You should always use those that have the capacity to make each one of your audience members laugh.
Use your punchline as a surprise to your audience
Every good joke has a punchline that should be told at the end of the joke. When this line is told the listeners are more likely to start laughing than to stay quiet.
However, it should always be a surprise in order for that to happen. You don’t want to make your’s obvious to your target audience while you’re telling your jokes. The end of your jokes is the most important part; it can either make or break your result. Always keep that in mind.
Have the right rhythm
Telling jokes is one thing, but having the right rhythm is another. If you don’t have that it’ll almost be impossible for you to succeed because rhythm plays a huge role in telling short, funny jokes.
It’s all in the telling; it’s not what you say but how you say it. Although your material should be strong, the way you’re delivering this material should be even stronger. Your rhythm will dictate whether or not your joke is delivered successfully.
Be prepared and confident
You should always prepare yourself no matter what. Any public speaker knows how important it is to be prepared before he or she gets on the stage. The peace of mind that comes with a well-prepared speaker or joke teller can translate into a greater experience.
Unfortunately, you can’t be confident if you don’t practice your material well enough before your big day. Therefore, preparing yourself before you tell a joke to your audience becomes very crucial.
To wrap up
Telling jokes used to be known as something that could only be done by those who were born to do it. However, nowadays anyone can tell jokes and make people laugh as long as the techniques and methods are followed.
I’ve shared a few important factors with you in this post; you can apply them to what you’ve already known so that you can become better at it. Because the more you know the better you’ll get.
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