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Joke telling – lessons for confident communicators

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I was driving to work today, pining for the comedy course I have just completed. It was fun, the group were amazing and it was great to have a reason to laugh on a daily basis. But what I realised this morning was how much I had learned from writing jokes that could be applied by anyone who wants to be a confident communicator.

Get to the point

A joke loses its impact if there are too many words around it. As does any message you want to convey. Confident communicators make sure their points are heard.

We are all different

Not everyone will get every joke, their background and experience will influence their response. Don’t take it personally, take time to understand and embrace the diverse nature of the world we live in. Then see how you can adjust your message and its delivery to reach more people.

Words are only half the battle

It really is not just what you say, your body language and tone are key to successful delivery (a laugh). Confident communicators focus as much on how as what they are going to say it.

Focus on the goal

There are many different ways to get to the same goal. My goal was making other people laugh. Looking at those around me I realised there were so many different ways to get there. I found mine.

Feedback is great

Getting feedback from others makes things bigger and better – don’t be afraid. My best joke was one that started off ok, but then others suggested ways to make it better. Confident communicators actively seek feedback to be the best they can.


Alison Burgess is a Confidence Builder, Trainer and Coach. For more information about building confidence go to the Limitless for Life website, contact Alison on 07931 556 167 or click here to follow on twitter.

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