Telling a joke is an important social skill that sadly seems to be dying out. You can’t help but envy those with the gift. Accomplished joke tellers seem to be ‘naturals’ at it.
But the good news is that joke telling is a skill that can be learned. With a bit of effort and practice any moderately good speaker should be able to become a good joke teller.
If this is your aim, it helps to become a member of a Toastmasters club with a regular ‘jokes’ slot on the agenda. In a supportive club atmosphere where it doesn’t matter if you crash and burn, you can get to tell a joke each meeting, learn by observing other joke tellers (good and not so good), build up an inventory of jokes (from joke books, researching the net and ‘stealing’ those of other joke tellers) and progressively become more proficient.
Oatley RSL Toastmasters recognizes joke telling as an important social skill and has a joke session towards the start of each meeting.
Interested in becoming a better joke teller – join Toastmasters.