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What are facial expressions and why are they effective in driving humor to the highest level?

When used correctly, facial expressions match the mood of the story scene and elevate its effect. Facial expressions are essential to making you and your story more believable.

Facial expressions can include a:

  • Scowl
  • Frown
  • Forced smile
  • Wink
  • Closed eyes
  • Blinking eyes
  • Furrowed brows
  • Tent shape eyebrows
  • And many more!

The following is a brief video excerpt demonstrating facial expressions and gestures in action. Note the hand gestures I make when “turning the key,” as well as when Mary screams and Michael responds!

Another success strategy relating to gestures, facial expressions, and purposeful movement relates to audience size. As your audience size increases in different events (45 people, 200 people, 1000+ people, etc.) you need to make your gestures and facial expressions larger to maximize effectiveness. As the stage size increases and/or is very wide, your purposeful movement needs additional consideration and coordination.

This is a series of blog articles and brief videos on “Finding the Funny – Learn the Step-By-Step-Process to Develop and Deliver Humor & Funny Stories & Incorporate into Serious Content.” The blogs are excerpts from my e-learning course (see link on right) which includes:

  • Over 16 lessons
  • Over 8 hours of video instruction
  • Activities and quizzes to complement each lesson
  • Downloadable worksheets and templates
  • 12 month access to course updates and additions

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