I was recently asked by someone if I thought it was necessary to tell jokes while presenting. While obviously it depends on the subject matter a bit, this is a classic “pick your way of being wrong” problem.

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Some people would be devastated if they thought they were boring the audience. Some people would be devastated if they tried to tell a joke and it didn’t land. Boring vs lame, pick your poison.

It should be noted that the closer the joke is to your topic, the better you’ll probably do. Personally I find very few things more irritating than an irrelevant joke unless it’s an EXTREMELY funny irrelevant joke.

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