It is important to be a good conversationalist, regardless of your profession, age, or lifestyle. Being able to communicate effectively and keeping your group engaged and interested is a unique skill, and not everyone is cut out for it. The best way to do that is to know your audience, and knowing when to pause and give other people a chance to give in their input as well. Plus, everyone enjoys light-hearted jokes and humor, so peppering those in at the right time is also key here, be it dirty dad jokes, puns, dry humor, and so on.
A good joke can act as a great icebreaker, a great way to join another group or to get another person’s attention, to break tension or awkward silence in case there is any, and to generally make people laugh. Jokes have long been used in conversation as a great way to keep people engaged and happy, and if you have an arsenal of jokes that you can fall back on at any time, then you are good to go for most conversations.
A good joke should be easy to understand and should have a clean conclusion so that people can get it. This is especially more important when you are meeting a lot of people for the first time because you want to keep the conversation and the jokes simple since everyone is mainly getting to know each other and no one wants to have to spend too much time or energy trying to figure out what the punchline meant. So, you must follow the rules of the gathering and make sure to use your jokes as they are needed. If you throw in multiple jokes at once, it might not be as appreciated; however, if you show spontaneity and the jokes go with the conversation flow, then you are good to go.