This framework is a tool you can freely use to help communicate more humorously. To get started, first notice a series of questions (Framework) followed by color corresponding example answers (Examples). Study the correlation between the color coded questions & answers before using the same questions yourself next time you aim to be more persuasive in your communication. The ultimate goal is to see the commonalities in empathy used to communicate so that you can gradually rely on this tool less and less.
Why is something humorous?
Something is humorous when we agree with a truth on a very fundamental level.
What don’t we laugh when we hear all truths?
We laugh when we hear truths typically from a new perspective. Laughing is a lot like saying “I can see how that is still true, even under this context.”
Why should we communicate humorously?
Humorous is a great way to introduce a premise or idea that you want your audience to identify with on a very fundamental level. Since persuasion is a function of how captive your audience is, humor is an effective tool for captivating an audience so you can communicate more persuasively and with more empathy.
Use the following questions as a filter through which you can communicate a truth or premise to your audience more effectively.
a) Would this look strange out of context?
b) How can you be oddly specific?
c) Can you double-down on the joke?
d) Can you self-deprecate to bring your audience up by comparison?