Humor: How to Develop a Sharp Wit

April 5th, 2006 by Steve Pavlina

My friend, fellow Toastmaster, and fellow improv performer S. Frank Stringham (he actually goes by “S” as his first name) has been in the entertainment and motivational speaking industry for 25 years.  He’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever met — a singer, a comic, a pianist, and one of the world’s top balloon artists.  He’s often introduced as the “Happiest Man on Earth,” and within the (albeit limited) domain of my own experience, I have to say that’s accurate.

One thing I really respect about S is that if you ask him what his purpose in life is, he’ll tell you without hesitation.  He centers his life around what he calls the 4 L’s:  Love, Life, Light, and Laughter.  He absolutely radiates good cheer and spreads it wherever he goes.  S is the kind of person whose presence immediately raises and lightens the energy of a room.  If I were a doctor, I’d prescribe S for depression instead of Prozac.

One of S’s particular talents is his ability to find humor in virtually any situation.  For example, whenever I tell a joke that bombs, it means S will be the only one laughing.  :)

Fortunately, being quick-witted is a skill that can be developed with practice, and in this installment of the humor series, S will give you some ideas to develop your WIT (Wisdom, Impulse, Timing) in his article How to Be Quick-Witted.


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