A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of being happy. The kind of happy that comes from within. I was watching the Steve Harvey show the other day and he had a guest on by the name of Bishop T.D. Jakes. I almost turned the show off but as I was getting ready to switch to Netflix, I heard Steve ask him if he had any tips on being happy. His reply was worth the price of admission. I have his 6 tips listed below as well as a link to the YouTube segment of this show. Trust me you are going to want to hear everything this man says in between the tips.
Henry Ford once said “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.” I have seen many people with lots of talent but no confidence go places in this world while other people with far less talent skyrocket to fame and fortune. Nine times out of ten the differentiating factors are confidence and persistence, which go hand in hand. When someone is confident they stay focused on the prize.
All confidence is not created equal. Insecure people will often put on a mask of confidence that projects itself in an entirely different fashion. This mask cannot be maintained for long before someone is able to pierce the veil of illusion. Genuinely confident people inspire others with their confidence and make things happen.
Last week we spoke about happiness. I believe that in order to be happy you must be able to see the humor in life. This week I would like to touch on humor because all humor is not created equal.
One of the questions we get asked a lot at The Presentation Pros is: when is it appropriate to use humor in a presentation, or should it be used at all? Humor when use appropriately is a wonderful way to build rapport, ease tension, diffuse a hostile question and emphasize a key point. Because people love humor it can help your audience stay focused on your message. Studies show that when humor is used to convey a message the audience retains the information longer. Having said this, there is a big difference in adding humor and telling jokes. The wrong kind of humor can take your presentation south in a hurry and really decrease your credibility.