Increase the humor content (and laughs) of your professional presentations, informal business talks, and every day conversation.
Anytime you get an assignment, the first thing you should do is make an association list. Divide your paper into four columns - four columns.
The first column you label PEOPLE. The second column you label PLACES. The third column you label THINGS. And the fourth column MISCELLANEOUS. So that's People, Places, Things, and Miscellaneous.
Assume you have a writing assignment. Jay Leno is going to come out on television and talk about his automobile. He is thinking about trading in the one he's had so long. Or you are writing an article for a humor publication about your automobile. Or you are a public speaker and you're having trouble getting to your talk because your automobile is old and you had a little bit of a problem with it.
You are going to do a chunk of material about automobile. Your subject is automobile. So the first thing you do is simply start making an association list for automobile.
PEOPLE you can associate with automobile. You can put real people like Henry Ford, Earl Scheib, and Lee Iaccoca. Those are real people under your People List.
Imaginary people like Mr. Goodwrench and Mr. McGoo. Or character types like meter maid, parking lot attendant, and used car salesman. That would be a sample of your People list.
Under your PLACES column - it can be specific places like Indianapolis, Detroit and General Motors corporate headquarters or non-specific locations such as a bank drive-up window, freeway underpass, and garage. And why Indianapolis? The Indianapolis 500.
THINGS - concrete things like bumper sticker, hood ornament, and glove compartment or abstract things like a Sunday drive, a car game used by kids for a long drive, and a rally race. What's a rally race? It's a race where you go to locations that have white flags or you have to get out of the car and go and find something. It's not a race of speed and time.
In MISCELLANEOUS put anything that doesn't fit in categories one, two, or three. I used to have just three categories. People, Places and Things. It would seem to me that everything would be in those three. Everything is either a person, place or a thing. That's the way the universe is. But people would ask me, "is this a place or ..." And I'd say, I don't know - put it in Miscellaneous." Put expressions in Miscellaneous. Put anything that doesn't fit in categories one, two, or three.