‘Just start with a joke’ is so often given as advice to nervous speakers – but I DON’T advise it!
Why not – surely getting them laughing is a great way to relax everyone?
Sure … but are you an experienced professional stand-up comedian with years of honing your craft at open mic nights and social clubs?
If yes, fantastic! Go for it.
But if not …
Trying to tell a joke or opening with a funny remark that falls flat because you’re nervous or inexperienced will only make you feel worse.
So instead, keep it sincere, and short. And leave the jokes to the experts.