When it comes to making people like you, being witty helps seal the deal. Learn how to be witty and win over anyone with your charm.
One of the most well-liked quality about someone is how witty they are. Being able to produce quick, smart comebacks makes conversation fun. Leaving people craving to talk to you again after you’ve left. But learning how to be witty takes some practice.
I bet you can think of at least one person in your life who is witty. Do they have characteristics that make people drawn to them? More than likely, this person has a lot of friends and is usually the life of the party.
Why we all want to be a witty person
When it comes to witty people, we want to be like them. Whether it’s because they draw in a crowd, or because we find ourselves humored by their quick comebacks. It’s simply true.
We want to be like witty people because they seem to enjoy life more with what they offer. For this reason, we try and try to be witty, but some of us just fail miserably. Probably because before today, you never knew how to be witty.
If you’re like most and find you want to be the type of person who everyone just seems to like for no reason, then you need these tips on how to be witty so you can win over anyone.
#1 Don’t try too hard. Witty people are categorized as so because they seem laidback and able to summon fun banter at the drop of a hat. Want to know why? Because they don’t try too hard.
Trying too hard is completely obvious to anyone with a brain. You’ll completely shatter the illusion of being witty. So just relax and be yourself. The wit will come. [Read: 18 ways to become more spontaneous in life]
#2 Be creative. Witty people are some of the most creative people you’ll ever meet. They come up with cool comebacks quickly because they get creative with their responses. Be more creative, and you’ll find your wit comes out.
#3 Think outside the box. Most witty people don’t have your standard, cliché comebacks when they’re conversing with someone. You have to think outside of the box in order to truly be witty. Make sure you come up with stuff the people you’re speaking with would never think of.
#4 Know who you’re talking to. Being witty and charming has a lot to do with being familiar with who you’re talking to. Tailor your comebacks depending on who you’re surrounded with. You don’t want to say something to offend someone.
#5 Practice, practice, practice. In order to really be witty, you’ll have to take some time to practice. This means getting out and trying out your newly found wit on a number of different people and changing it depending on their reactions. [Read: 12 quick tips to add more people to your social circle]
#6 Listen intently. The wittiest people are those who actually listen better than others. This not only allows them to understand the person they’re talking to, but it also gives them material to work with.
#7 Be confident. Haven’t you ever noticed witty people seem to hold themselves with so much confidence? That’s because they are some of the most confident people out there.
They are sure of themselves when they talk to people. This increases their ability to spurt out quick, witty responses with even the most controversial of topics. Have confidence in your comebacks. An insecure response will be seen as awkward and not witty.
#8 Talk to EVERYONE. In order to become witty, talk to everyone at the party. Interacting with a larger number of different types of people sharpens your ability to respond based on the person and not just the context of the conversation. [Read: 10 motivational tips for shy people and introverts]
#9 Expand your vocabulary. How do you expect to be witty if you don’t have the ability to think up different words? Having a wider vocabulary gives you more to work with when you want to talk to people. You’ll be able to pull up just the right word to use in certain situations to stun whoever you’re with.
#10 Expand your knowledge on different topics. Not only do you need to be more knowledgeable with your words, but you also have to be informed on a lot of different subjects.
You never know what you’ll end up talking to someone about, so it’s best to be as smart as you can be on a wide variety of subjects. My advice is to subscribe to different newsletters online and stay up to date on the latest developments in the news.
#11 Keep things short and sweet. If you’ve ever been around someone who’s witty, they keep their comments short and to the point. This not only makes it easier for people to understand, but it also adds to your level of charm and charisma.
#12 Be punny. Puns are a great way to begin your journey to being witty. They’re always funny—no matter how bad they are—and you’ll make people want to be around you the more you make them laugh.
Research some good puns to use at first, but you’ll soon learn to come up with your own puns in a moment’s notice as you become more witty and win over everyone.
#13 Think quick. You can’t be witty when your comeback arrives minutes after the topic has already been passed. You have to be quick on your feet and say the first witty thing that comes to your mind.
After all, the definition of witty is characterized by quick and inventive verbal humor. Thinking quick comes with practice, but after a while you’ll be sputtering out witty comebacks in no time and winning over anyone. [Read: How to be charismatic and have a better dating life]
#14 Put yourself in a position to be able to be witty. How will you ever be in a position to be witty if you never talk to anyone? Standing at the food table alone while everyone else converses isn’t going to make you witty.
Put yourself out there and have meaningful conversations with others in order to truly be witty. Put yourself in different environments to foster a witty sense of humor. You’ll learn how to be witty in no time.
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