Manner of Speaking

The benefits of humour and 10 tips for using it in a speech

I am one of the co-founders of Presentation Guru, a digital magazine for public speaking professionals.

This post is part of a series designed to share the great content on Presentation Guru with the Manner of Speaking community.


French author Victor Hugo said, “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” When speaking to an audience of dozens, hundreds or thousands, the effect is amplified.

Used properly, humour is a powerful tool that can benefit speakers in several ways: 

  • It creates a bond between the speaker and the audience.
  • It energizes people and keeps them engaged.
  • It can provide emotional relief.
  • It helps the audience remember your points.
  • It leaves the audience with a good impression of the speaker.

To see three examples of humour being used in a speech or presentation, and to learn ten tips for using humour effectively, head over to this post that I wrote for Presentation Guru.