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Chapter Eleven. Get Personal > Humor with a purpose

Humor with a purpose

Humor can be used as an icebreaker near the beginning of a speech to put both the speaker and the audience in a more relaxed frame of mind. It can be effective as a closer to ensure that the audience leaves on a happy note. It can be used throughout a speech to help the speaker make points and to make the points more memorable.

Using humor can help a speaker make a point on a sensitive subject. Texas Governor Ann Richards, keynoting the National Democratic Convention in 1988, used humor to get in a plug for women's rights:


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