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How to Generate Big Laughs
by Interacting with Audience Members
Without Embarrassing Them—or You
Brad Montgomery, CSP, CPAE
How to order the recording:
You’ve heard that those who can deliver a message and humor get paid more. But you don’t tell jokes, and your stories just aren’t that funny. So how can you add natural humor without it seeming forced? Tap your audience for humor! No, we aren’t talking about embarrassing anyone, although a little loving teasing may be in order. As a comedian and magician, Brad learned how to engage individuals in his audience or else he couldn’t do his tricks—which meant he didn’t eat! He uses these honed techniques in his motivational keynotes and will share how you can add more humor and get your audience more involved not only to make your presentations funnier, but also to increase the connection between you and your audiences.
You will learn:
- How to use interview skills to improve the connection between you and your audience and to maximize laughter. (Ask questions—get laughs.)
- Five questions to ask your audience that lead to laughs.
- Tips for treating volunteers with class and charm—and humor.
- How far can (and should) you go to push the envelope?
- What to do when your audience-involvement humor fails.
- How to be witty, creative and impromptu, even when you aren’t.
More about our guest expert:
Brad Montgomery, CSP, CPAE, never planned to be a nationally recognized humorist motivational speaker, business comedian, publisher and author. He planned to be a lawyer. After graduating with a political science degree from Brown University, Brad intended to be a magician for a year and then start the serious part of his life with the study of law. To date, he is still waiting for the serious part of his life to begin.
Brad urges his audiences to lighten up and to remember that our lives are filled with humor and magic. He helps associations and corporations manage change and improve morale. Brad reminds groups that “Life Is Fun & Funny. And Filled with Magic.” By the looks of things, his clients agree. Folks use him to kick off conventions with a bang, close ’em with a laugh, or lift them up somewhere in between. His audiences enjoy his entertaining, inspirational and motivational speeches and leave his keynotes with a spring in their steps.
Brad lives in Centennial, Colorado —a suburb of Denver — with his attorney wife. (Brad assumed that the next best thing to being a lawyer was tricking one into marrying him.) Although he is proud of his many awards and national credits, including his election to the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, he’s convinced that his best tricks so far are his three kids.