My speaking gig in Palm Springs - ceilings are helpful for laughs
I was nervous as there are certain requirements for comedy, and a ceiling is one of them. If you look at comedy clubs, they are all designed with low ceilings because that makes the laughs stay in the room. Laughter is contagious and when others are laughing, it spreads. And when the laughs dissolve into the night sky, the performer, as well as the audience, can’t hear them. There is also an energy exchange between the performer and the audience and a ceiling keeps that energy flowing. So, knowing the problems performing outdoors can cause was helpful before I went onstage, or rather on the platform on the grass that was my stage.
I reminded myself that I wouldn’t be able to hear the laughs, but that didn’t mean that they weren’t laughing. Knowing this, I stopped the critic in my head that always seems to be judging and evaluating my performance and assume that I was getting big laughs, which was the case.
Tip: Knowing how the room setup affects your speech.
Judy Carter blogs on comedy, storytelling and public speaking techniques, using personal stories and her adventures as a stand-up comic turned motivational public speaker. Her weekly blogs are read by fans of her books, “The Comedy Bible” (Simon and Schuster) and “The Message of You” (St. Martin’s Press), which include comics, speakers, and entrepreneurs. She is also known for teaching the value of humor and storytelling to businesses as a leadership and stress reduction tool.