People resist humor when it is imposed.When it is used to highlight or reinforce a point, it is more palatable and accepted.

Here is an example of Point-Humor-Point or P-H-P, which I use often in my speeches.

Being frank always is not the best policy.In business, you need to have tact and diplomacy. Otherwise, you will end up like the salesman in a garments store. A lady picks up a gown and after giving an admiring glance says ” I like the design and pattern but not the color”. The salesman assures, “don’t worry ma’am, after the first wash, the color will vanish”. Too frank, resulting in a loss of sale and perhaps his job !

We must learn to be like the Pediatrician who examines a three month old baby boy

and tells the parents “what a beautiful baby !”. The father says,”oh ! you must be telling this to every parent doc !”. “No, I say this only to the parents of cute babies” replies the doctor. “And what do you tell the others?”. The doc says with a smile ” he looks just like you !”

In both the cases, humor was weaved into the script to illustrate a point. Needless to add, your audience is likely to remember the point “being frank always is not the best policy” better because of these examples. That is the power of relevant, situational humor.

I heard the garment salesman joke from Mr U K Sharma, a senior Toastmaster and picked up the Pediatrician anecdote from an old issue of Reader’s Digest.

I seek your FRANK FEEDBACK!,,

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