- Be aware of your audience: Writers should be aware of their audience at all times, especially when using humor. Make sure the information pertains to the audience and the material of the report. Also, the level the audience is important, humor is bypassed if the audience does not understand it. Most of all, be careful not to offend any of your readers; a general rule for this is to make sure everyone can laugh at the joke!
- Avoid sarcasms: Sarcasm can send your reader a message that you are not being serious, but negative rather, and negativity is most likely not your intended message.
- Repetition: Believe it or not, it is effective to use one good joke throughout your project. However, just be careful that it does not get annoying, or throw your focus off topic; make sure it flows.
- The safest joke is one about yourself: As long as the writer maintains credibility, it is safe to make a joke about yourself, this way everyone can laugh at you, and readers know that you have open sense of humor.
Adding humor to professional writing gives the writer a step up, as long as it is done correctly. Make sure the rules are applied during the writing ans presentation process and humor will benefit you and your audience.Resources:
Helitzer, Mel & Mark Shatz. (2008) "The Importance of Humor Writing". http://writersdigest.com/article/comedy-writing-secrets-excerpt/
Pagewise. (2002) "Humor is professional business writing".