By Karen Susman
- Put on your humor lenses so you are on the lookout for funny, amusing situations. They are all around you.
- Keep track of funny events, stories and thoughts. Look at advertisements and products. How about Old Fashioned Microwave Popcorn.
- Collect funny headlines and newspaper stories.
- When something bad happens to you, look for the humorous, absurd twist.
- Record your funny stories about your vacations, family, car, the weather, aging, and other topics that everyone can relate to.
- If you’re speaking for an association or group that has an acronym, make up a new, funny meaning for the acronym. For instance, the IRS could stand for the Income Recycling Service.
- Make an acronym out of a real word. For instance, SNACK stands for Some Nachos and Cholesterol Kick.
- Use K or hard C words. They’re funny for some reason. A Buick is funnier than an Oldsmobile for no reason other than the “k” at the end of Buick.
- Twist titles of popular books such as Chicken Soup for the Vegan Soul or 7 Habits of Highly Successful Bloggers. Do the same with popular movie titles.
- Use brand names that are funny instead of just saying a product. For instance, Red Bull is funnier than energy drink.
- Odd numbers are funnier than even numbers.
- Don’t poke fun at others. Poke fun at yourself.
- Don’t try to be someone else. If your humor doesn’t fit your personality, your audience and you will be uncomfortable.
Karen Susman, Speaker/Author/Coach, works with organizations and individuals that want to maximize their performance and quality of life. Check out her free tips and articles at www.karensusman.com. Karen can be reached at 1-888-678-8818 or [email protected].