Papa CJ – The Forever Appreciating Asset
Investment Outlook ,
Feb 17, 2019
Award-winning International Comedian,
Executive Coach & Motivational Speaker.
Don’t let the world change your smile. Let your smile
change the world.
The asset I’m talking about is a good
sense of humour. It holds you in good
stead in a bear and a bull run. If you’ve
ever been curious about how to acquire
that wonderful asset, I’m about to share
some professional trade secrets!
George Soros famously said, “If you’re
having fun, you’re probably not making any
money”. I’d argue that if you’re not having
fun, what’s the point of making money at all!
Yes I know, romantically while they say
they’re looking for a person with a good
sense of humour, it always seems like they
go home with a sleazeball. However while
you may end up taking permanent residence
in the proverbial friendzone, a friend
is a wonderful thing to be. And whether it is
work or play, everyone likes to be around
someone they can have a laugh with. So
here are my pro tips on how you can be that
A day without
laughter is a day
Know your audience
If they don’t like risque jokes, don’t throw
one in just coz a ‘really nice one’ popped
into your head. Unless of course awkward
silence is the response you’re aiming for.
Don’t force fit your joke
If what you have to say fits into the natural
flow of the group’s conversation, sure, tell
that story. Don’t just butt in coz you want
your moment in the spotlight. Attention
seekers are viewed as idiots.
Comedy is tragedy plus time
If you’re going to joke about a tragic incident
for someone personally or the world at
large, remember that there is such a thing
as too soon. Make sure your audience is in
the same headspace before you do that
hilarious plane crash joke.
Local and topical is funnier
A joke about recent events or something
local and specific to the audience tends to
be funnier. However topical jokes have a
shorter life span and local content doesn’t
always travel well. So maybe avoid doing
that Punjabi joke about the Gurgaon taxi
driver when you’re speaking to Tamil colleagues
Your content and delivery should be in sync
with your personality. If you’re trying to be
someone you’re not just to impress an
audience, they’ll see through it immediately
and you’ll come across as someone desperately
seeking approval. Don’t do that.
Relatability is key
Your audience does not need to agree with
your point of view but unless they get the
context of the joke there is no chance they
will get the punchline. Make sure you
bridge that gap if there is one.
Keep it snappy
In an age of limited attention spans, it’s
good to have a few one-liners or short jokes
in the bag. The rule is the longer your story,
the funnier the ending needs to be.
A magician always carries cards
Be armed with a couple of jokes or stories
that you know are fantastic and that you
tell really well. So that if the opportunity
comes up, you’re locked and loaded and
ready to fire.
Always leave them wanting
Little and amazing is better than a lot and
not that amazing. If you nail two jokes that
score 10s, resist the urge to throw in those
maybe jokes that will bring down your average.
Let them invite you to the next party to
Money can be very funny
If you have deep pockets and want someone
else to do all the hard work while you
reap the benefits, there is a brilliant and
extremely modest comedian who’s available
for hire. I believe his name is Papa CJ
and he can be found in the friendzone.
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