Use a Pause to Punch Up Your Punch Line

Originally published in Toastmasters Magazine, June 2013 By John Kinde, DTM umor is one of the most effective tools for connecting with an audience. It builds bonds and refreshes the mind. And although the right words can make people laugh, humor is more than just words; its impact is heightened by how you say those words, what you do when you say them, and how you use silence … the pause. The pause adds punch to the punch line. One of the reasons the pause strengthens your laugh lines is that it builds tension. It’s easier to use comic timing when …