A guy in our church says that if I ever quit my day job I should be a stand up comic-I don't think I'll ever quit my day job, my kids need to eat and I have a mortgage to pay. When I communicate a weekend message I'll try to incorporate a few laughs now and then, here's why....
- Laughter lightens it up-when you're delivering a challenging concept or one that could offend, humor can disarm.
- I need to "get some energy out"-that's a quote from my 7 year old-an audience gets a little antsy from time to time and laughter releases physical energy and helps them refocus.
- If they're laughing they're not angry-this comes Ray one of our Pastors-he's right.
- Powerful points are pre-punctuated by laughs-make them laugh and then you can drive it hard to the basket and nobody feels "dunked" on.
- If they're laughing, they're listening-this is mostly for me and it helps me know that I'm connecting as a communicator.
- Laughter creates memories-I'm sure there's a scientific study somewhere that could back this up but when we laugh and laugh a lot we remember. That's why great jokes, punch-lines and movie scenes stay with us.