Use Humor to Command Attention

by Stacy Zemon

Want to keep your audience riveted with quiet attention as opposed to ignoring you and conversing with someone at their table?

Spicing up the bouquet toss, garter removal, love story or a mundane topic such as “the buffet line is now open,” could be the answer you have been looking for.

A tasteful, well-timed anecdote or witty one-liner can gain and keep peoples’ attention. You can also get an audience involved in the event by, for example, bringing your mic onto the dance floor for some impromptu singing.

A great MC keeps people actually interested in the facts through a combination of physical gestures and clear communication, which can often involve the use of humor to get a point across.

Even if you think that you are simply not a “funny” person, that doesn’t mean that you can’t use humor to beef up your act as an MC. The key is to find what works for you.

What’s So Funny?

Using humor, you can. . .

  • Quickly command and keep people’s attention.
  • Make a positive impression.
  • Better connect with an audience.
  • Share information without being boring.
  • Make what you have to say more memorable.

Humor helps to paint a picture in people’s minds. A well-constructed illustration can often explain a point more clearly than mere words. People remember a good laugh. A point made with humor will linger in their minds, and you will have effectively done your job.

I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that humor should always be used sparingly and with good taste. This means stay away from racy, self-deprecating or insulting remarks, and the use of foul language.

What are your best one-liners or witty remark?

Publisher & Chief Scribe

Stacy Zemon is a self-described serial entrepreneur (Equal parts creativity and business). She is widely considered an authority on the DJ business, and has become a distinguished industry leader over the course of her illustrious 30+ year career.  Stacy is a veteran DJ entertainer, publisher and chief scribe of, longtime writer for DJ Times magazine, and author of the world’s best-selling DJ books:  The Mobile DJ Handbook, The DJ Sales & Marketing Handbook and The Mobile DJ MBA. From her efforts, Stacy has spawned more professional disc jockey business owners than any other person in the mobile DJ industry. For the longer version of Stacy’s story, click here. To learn about Stacy’s business consulting services, click here.