MC’s who use humor have a stronger career - and a thicker pay packet. If your feedback says you are a really funny MC, then I can guarantee you’ll get more enquiries and more bookings than those who don't.
But don't worry; discovering what your own sense of humor looks and feels like can be found be doing these next threes actions:
Firstly, believe that a sense of humor is possible for you. Even if you’ve never told a single joke or made people laugh with you publicly ever before.
Secondly, commit to increasing your use of humor when you MC using the previous Situational and Observational techniques mentioned in the previous MC TIP.
And thirdly, spend more time watching, reading, listening to and doing funny stuff.
Begin a Humor File on your phone or computer. Mark down what jokes, one-liners and telegrams you instantly find amusing.
Use these to gauge, understand and enhance your own sense of humor. Highlight the ones you really relate to and write them out on cards.
When you’ve chosen a handful of one-liners, practice them over and over before you use them publicly. Use every opportunity you get. Drop them into conversations with your friends, partner, mum and cat. You’ll know them off by heart and be ready to use them if you need to - or in case there is no situational humor on hand.
If there’s a delay, a machine breaks, or a speaker is in the restroom, you can rely on a comment from your humor file. You can’t emphasize the unfortunate situation, so you will need to divert attention away from it.
Fill in with an appropriate story or anecdote while the technician hurries to fix the disobedient smoke machine that’s supposed to generate a flood of fluffy white clouds, but instead can only manage a single, pathetic puff of smoke.
Understanding your own sense of humor comes with experience; but seeing yourself as a someone who can make people smile is the big first step.
It’s a shift in your mindset. Say to yourself right now “I can do this”
Making people smile generates benefits not just in your MCing but in your day to day life.
Just remember, humor is magnetic. People are attracted to its power. And humor is the beginning of Charisma.
MC Pete Miller helps you be funnier.