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SEASON Your Staff Meetings With Humor

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

 Here’s an idea to help spice your public speaking with humor. Reading time: 7:28

Jay Leno

Jay Leno

      SEASON your next meeting with humor. SEASON is an acrostic for 6 ways to sprinkle your prepared remarks with a comic’s flair.

 S for Substituting

         When you substitute, you bait and switch.

             You bait your audience with a straight line (the setup) then exchange it unexpectedly with another related concept –(the punchline) .

  •            Jay Leno, commenting on the nomination of John Kerry as Secretary of State says that John Kerry’s face “is longer than mine. He looks more like Secretariat of State.”
  •          Citing the wedding night of 86-year-old Hugh Hefner to a 26-year-old Leno says: “She wore Channel No. 5. He wore Fabreze.”
  •          And in the movie Duck Soup, in an era long before I-tunes and IPods, Groucho Marx says: “You haven’t stopped talking since I got here. You must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle.”

 E for Exaggerating

              When you exaggerate, you stretch a point of view.

David Letterman

David Letterman

  •              Observing the longevity of Regis Philbin still hosting a TV talk show at 80,  David Letterman exaggerated:  “I don’t want to say that Regis is old but his first co-host was Eve.”
  •            Reacting to wintry weather in New York City, Letterman said: ” It was so cold today driving to work (in New York City), the navigation lady in my car directed me to Saudi Arabia.
  •         Mark Russell observed that A trillion is a number so high that if you stood on the payment book you’d experience weightlessness.”
  •          And comedian Rodney Dangerfield noted:  “The plumbing in my apartment is so bad that if I want to take a bath on Sunday I have to start running the water on Wednesday.”


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