A number of years ago I was one of seven guest presenters at a regional conference in Chicago. Just before I was to take the stage, I was standing in the back of the room mentally rehearsing my presentation when an elderly lady came up to me, reached out, shook my hand and said, “I so much enjoyed your presentation, thank you!” She turned and walked away. Just then I was introduced as the next speaker. I walked up, stood before the audience, scratched my head and said, “Just before I came up here, a nice lady congratulated me on what a wonderful presentation I gave, (pause), and I haven’t even spoke yet!” The crowd roared with laughter. Suffice it to say that my presentation went well that day.
This is an example of using natural humor in context to the situation to refresh, enliven, and relax people. But what if natural humor in context doesn’t show up? Well, then there’s laughter yoga.« Continue »