I’ve been reading various posts of late that are instructing people on how to be successful in social media, either for themselves or for their organizations. At some point, many of them tell you to be clever. Or be funny.
Now, people have often told me that I’m funny. I think my sense of humor is one of my strengths, and is one of the things that make me a passable speaker. My sense of humor is deeply ingrained – and if you met my family, you’d know from whence it came.
Humor. I has it.
However. Librarians, as a group, do not tend to be enthralling presenters, sorry to say. I have been to many, many presentations where the presenter was stultifyingly dull. And at some point, they attempt humor because, you know, you’re supposed to be funny. It’s not pretty. And I feel bad for the presenter, because it’s incredibly uncomfortable to throw what you think is a laugh line out there only to have it crash at your feet.
Here’s the thing: if you’re not a funny person (and you probably know who you are) don’t force it. You can be engaging and interesting and informative….and that’s more than enough.