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Why Public Speaking Opening Jokes Always Fail

Imagine the most none funny persons you know.
That boring person who sits in the corner never says anything interesting and just has
no excitement about them at all. Now imagine that person came to you and say: “I am going
to become a professional comedian. What do you think, hey?” You think that person is
crazy, and that is exactly what your audience is thinking when you are opening with a joke
that you found of the internet. Hi, I am Ryan McLean. I am from
and today I want to talk to about why public speaking opening jokes always fail. So am
going to cover 5 reasons why they always fail, and then am going to touch on some other things
you can do instead so you can wow your audience, which am guessing what you want to do, if
you were interested in doing jokes in the first place. So the 1st reason public speaking jokes fail
is the fact that they are never that funny. They are not that funny. The jokes that you
get off internet are alike that jokes that come in a Christmas bonbons when you pull
them apart and you get your hat and your Christmas joke and it says something about a snowman.
And you are like, huh, there is a bit of a plain on words there, but it’s really not
that funny. That’s the same with jokes you find on the internet. They are not that funny. The 2nd reason that they fail is that are
too much hinges on the joke. If you are opening, the introduction is very important to your
presentation and if you are opening with a joke, and that joke fails, well, your presentation
is basically failed from the get go. Your introduction needs to establish with the audience
why this is important to them and why they should be listening to the speech. And also
why you are credible and why they should listen to you. And if you tell a joke that fails,
than they are not going to want to listen to you, because this guy is an idiot, and
then they wont want to respect you because, like this guy is an idiot. And so too much
hinges on that opening, so to tell a joke and it fails, well, it’s just not worth
the risk, I don’t think. Number 3 is that the audience doesn’t know
you. Jokes are so much funnier when you know the person who is telling it. If you know
me, and you know my situation and you know who my kids are, and I tell a joke about my
kids. Well, that’s going to be funnier than if I go get up in front of the crowd and just
go straight into a joke about what happened to my 3,5year old. They don’t know me, they
don’t know who I am they don’t know my personality or the people I am talking about
in the joke then it’s not going to be funny. So, because I don’t know you it’s probably
not the best thing to do. Number 4 is that you are not going to be genuine.
One of the things that I push and push and push is that we be genuine public speakers.
We are who we are, not who we think we should be because we learnt some public technique,
some public speaking technique on youtube somewhere. Through on of my videos or through
some other videos that you saw. We want to be yourself and we want to be genuine and
some joke from the internet isn’t going to be about you, isn’t going to be genuine. And number 5 is that there is nothing in it
for them. So I spoke to you about the fact that interaction is so important because you
need to establish with the audience what’s in it for them. Why should they listen to
this? Why should they bother listening to your speech? If you are telling a joke, there
is nothing I it for them. If they have gone to see comedian, well that’s
a different story, because they are there to laugh, they are there to have a good time,
so they expect jokes. But if you are giving a business presentation or you are preaching
at your a church, if you are discussing ins and outs of weaving, then people don’t necessarily
want to joke. They see a joke and they ride off the rest of your speech because they are
like, well this guy isn’t going to give me any useful information that I can use for
my life. So think about the context of your presentation. If it’s formal, if its one
where you are delivering educational content and you want for people to get something out
to improves their lives. Which lets face it it’s probably 90% of public speaking, then
why are you opening with a joke which doesn’t get the binding with the audience at all.
So think about the introductions. I’ve got another blog post on introductions that you
can check out. I am Ryan McLean and if you want more videos, audios, or articles like
this one just head over to And next time you are get up in front of an
audience try not to tell a joke. Because they are not that funny. Not at all. Not even this
much. Not even this much.

One thought on “Why Public Speaking Opening Jokes Always Fail

  1. Your videos are entertaing and very helpful :)! Your tone and projection is spot on and I'm immediately engaged from the start. It would be very beneficial to upgrade your video quality to 720 or 1080p, I promise it goes a long way! What video editor do you use? Once again, really like the video!

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