I was recently invited to attend the launch event of a Professional Speaking course. The organizers had invited five speakers, each from different fields, but all very proficient speakers. As I sat in the audience, I put on my observers’ act and keenly looked at what makes for a good speech. I sat in one corner so that I can look at the audience reaction as well. That’s usually a good indicator of whether a speech has worked or not. Out of the five, I had picked my top two speakers. Curious to know what the other participants thought, I asked them to pick their top two speakers. While all five speakers were eloquent in their speeches, the top two speakers turned out to be the ones who used generous doses of humour. When the audience laughs, you know for sure that there is a good audience connect and the speaker has their full attention. As professional speakers, it is important to work on our humour quotient.

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