|Posted by Nathalie Brewer on March 18, 2021 at 7:45 AM|
The first time I ever got a laugh from an audience was a fluke. I said something as a ‘side note’ and everyone erupted into laughter. At first I didn’t even know what they were laughing at. I had to take a moment to understand!
I learnt that experiencing humour isn't something that is given or done, it is something that you allow yourself to experience. Speaking to an audience is about letting joy live in the room.
As adults, we often get so caught up in "grown up" business that we can forget how to have pure fun. This isn't the kind of fun that comes from doing a specific kind of activity or being in a specific mood for fun. Rather, this is the fun born from the state of pure being. You see this kind of fun in small children who are so busy being fully present to their lives and in their own bodies that the glow of fun radiates from them just because they are alive. Every day when our Yellow Lantern facitators go into schools we are delighted by how quick children are to giggle and smile.
For them, this experience doesn’t have to come from a heightened, heady event in order for them to feel like their day has been made; they know how to be in the flow of fun. We can all do this by reigniting our love for people. When you look out at an audience, dont picture them naked, picture them smiling! Try to spend a few moments gazing at each person, and really feel your words wash over them. Be genuine in your warmth and keep that glint of fun in your eyes. It lives, in you -- that feeling. It can't be bottled, manufactured, or sold. You just have to call it up in order to experience it again and then value it enough to let it be seen and shared with your audience.
Humour happens when we are fully engaged with ourselves and our world in each moment. It is the spontaneous delight that bubbles out of us when we let go long enough to bring it through; it is the experience of natural, organic pleasure that springs up from our bellies, through our souls, up through our faces, and down to our toes.
So approach your next audience with the knowledge that pure fun isn't something that is given or done by you; rather, it is something that you allow yourself and others to experience.