I’ll be the first to tell you that humor is a tricky thing. You see, one person’s humor is another person’s “what were you thinking?” But, if you can weave some humor into your speech that gets the audience laughing; that is appropriate to your topic; and that doesn’t offend anyone, you can reap many of the following benefits.
Put the audience at ease.
A relaxed audience is one that will be more present and available to take in the information you want to present.
Create a connection.
Humor often makes the speaker more approachable and likable. This helps them hear your message more readily.