Cartoon Humor

Humor Power

Here’s a link to an excellent TED talk by Bob Mankoff on cartoon humor. It’s entertaining and informative. – Creating funny cartoons. – Getting rejected by the New Yorker magazine. – What’s funny and what isn’t. – Using humor after 9-11. – Degrees of playful incongruity. Thanks to Loren Ekroth , Dr Conversation, for suggesting the link. Humor In Speaking

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32 Essential Skills Every Humorous Speaker Should Have

Pro Humorist

We should be able to create a large amount of humorous material that we can draw upon. Tell a Humorous Story – make sure your story has a point as well as being funny. Incorporate New Humorous Material - don’t go out with new material straight away. Know How to Deliver Your Speech – seems obvious, but you should make sure that you sound as natural and as conversational as possible.

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32 Essential Skills Every Humorous Speaker Should Have

Pro Humorist

We should be able to create a large amount of humorous material that we can draw upon. Tell a Humorous Story – make sure your story has a point as well as being funny. Incorporate New Humorous Material - don’t go out with new material straight away. Know How to Deliver Your Speech – seems obvious, but you should make sure that you sound as natural and as conversational as possible.

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32 Essential Skills Every Humorous Speaker Should Have

Pro Humorist

We should be able to create a large amount of humorous material that we can draw upon. Tell a Humorous Story – make sure your story has a point as well as being funny. Incorporate New Humorous Material - don’t go out with new material straight away. Know How to Deliver Your Speech – seems obvious, but you should make sure that you sound as natural and as conversational as possible. Tags: Uncategorized humor Presentation Skills

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Using humor to connect with your audience

The Eloquent Woman

When I asked readers on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook about the one thing they want to improve about their public speaking , Deborah Barbara Adams and Kelly Tran both said "using humor to connect with your audience." How do you use humor? readers' priorities humor

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Obsservational Humor — Case Study #104

Humor Power

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. Darren led a humor exercise in the form of: Professionally I’m half BLANK and half BLANK. Melanie asked two audience members (Bobby and Carolyn) to role play a “closed conversation” (the opposite of an “open conversation”). In his role play, Bobby excused himself from a conversation with, “Excuse me, I have to go tinkle.”

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Tina Fey: Need to jump into a conversation? Use improv skills, not apologies

The Eloquent Woman

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Observational Humor — Case Study #110

Humor Power

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue delivered at the end of a meeting. A speaker said that I had told him to speak in a conversational tone. I have presented hundreds of Observational Humor monologues. Tonight I found out that Club Dues Income can’t be used to compensate the Observational Humor Master. Any mistake, yours or someone else’s, should be examined for humor possibilities. Speak in a conversational tone. (In

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32 Essential Skills Every Humorous Speaker Should Have

Pro Humorist

We should be able to create a large amount of humorous material that we can draw upon. Tell a Humorous Story – make sure your story has a point as well as being funny. Incorporate New Humorous Material - don’t go out with new material straight away. Know How to Deliver Your Speech – seems obvious, but you should make sure that you sound as natural and as conversational as possible. Tags: Comedy Public Speaking humor Presentation Skills

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The Art of Conversation

Speaking Of...

I was reminded of the need to speak directly when I recently read about the text messaging craze and how it has replaced verbal conversation for many people. When we last touched base I remembered just how nice it was to speak with her, because she, unlike many, has a natural gift for humor. So we will resume that conversation, which we actually started in a college class more than 25 years ago. Tags: conversation , speaking

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Marlo Thomas dissects humor and how the pros use it

The Eloquent Woman

Humor, when done well, looks effortless but takes work. Now her new book, Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny , offers speakers a perspective on how humor works. Tags: humor books we like workshops and events

The Foundation of a Humorous Speech

Humor Power

I attended the District 33 Humorous Speech Contest this past weekend. A conversation with a friend led to the subject of “how soon should we expect a laugh in a humorous speech?&# A lot of people believe that you should get your first laugh as soon as possible. When you’re preparing a humorous speech, it’s your opening that will lay the foundation for the humor which follows.

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The all-in-one on humor and public speaking: 10 ways to make it work

The Eloquent Woman

Speakers love to inject humor into their talks and presentations, believing it relaxes the audience (and themselves) and puts folks in a good mood. Humor, like a banana peel, can result in something funny--unless it trips you up. Recover gracefully with humor. Humor?

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What speakers can learn from comedians about language and rhythm

Speak Schmeak

I agree with The Nerdwriter that Louis CK has a unique genius to his jokes, especially in how effortless and conversational they seem, while still incredibly structured. Comedians Engaging the Audience Entertainers Humor Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

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PREPARING FOR INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS: The Humor Perspective

Great Public Speaking

When presenting to foreign audiences you must check your humor carefully so you don't accidentally offend someone. Even if your humor is OK, you need to become familiar with other customs in the country in which you are presenting. In Latin American and the Middle East people stand much closer while conversing. In some countries you may hear people openly joking on television about subjects that would be taboo in the U.S.

Steve Jobs, One of Today’s Great Presenters, Steps Down from the Main Stage

DeFinis Communications

He develops the body of his presentation with a series of touch points, including analogies, metaphors, stories, data, statistics, and humor. Anyone in the public speaking business has likely paused at the news that Steve Jobs has resigned from the iconic Apple Computer.

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Delivering Humor — Let There Be Light

Humor Power

Does humor play best with the lights up…or with the lights down? Although there are different lighting considerations depending on whether you’re doing a stand-up comedy routine or giving a humorous speech with a message…you will almost always want the stage well lit. When it comes to generating good laughs, the hearing is more important than the seeing…but together they have a synergistic effect to maximize the humor when something funny is presented.

Let Me Call You Sweetheart…and Other Workplace Communication No-No’s

DeFinis Communications

If there’s an edge to your voice, the other person may take offense to your words; if there’s too much humor in your voice, the other person may not take you seriously at all. Of course, any conversation like this hinges on trust. Business Tips Speaking Tips Uncategorized Connection Conversation Encore Encore! Recently I was having an email exchange with a gentleman I had never met before.

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Presentation Mastery: Use humor to disarm any audience

SpeakerSue Says...

But I watched him on TV and realized again that appropriate humor wins every time. He talked about the elephant in the room and, by adding humor to the discussion, he turned a negative into a positive. A little humor does too. How have you used humor to disarm your audience, handle difficult presentation situations, or discuss the “undiscussable&# ? Join the conversation.

How to make your panel more fun

Speak Schmeak

Image courtesy of Sarah Dawn Nichols Last time I attended a panel discussion at a conference, I had a revelation: Panels lack humor. But overall, panels tend to be less cohesive and less relaxed than typical presentations, and the first thing to go is the humor.

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Another High-Stakes Presentation: The Wedding Toast

DeFinis Communications

By doing this, you’re building a bridge that will move your listeners from the story and into the toast in a natural and conversational way. Remember the triangle and pour your heart and humor into it!

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TEDxUCLA: The good and the great

Speak Schmeak

I don't know why this is the case; I don't know why TED speakers are encouraged to lecture rather than converse, but thankfully not all of the speakers of the day took heed of this tradition. I had the privilege of attending TEDxUCLA this past weekend.

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A Public Speaking Alphabet

Manner of Speaking

“Jazz, of co urse, is about dialog and a kind of conversation with other musicians and a connection with the audience. afak Emotion Garr Reynolds Hans Rosling humor Humour Jazz John Zimmer lectern Leonardo da Vinci Martin Luther King notes oratory Philip K. A - Audience. Fitting that it comes first. The most important part of any speech. A speech is for the audience and about the audience. Always. B - Bo oks.

How to make your panel more fun

Speak Schmeak

Image courtesy of Sarah Dawn Nichols Last time I attended a panel discussion at a conference, I had a revelation: Panels lack humor. But overall, panels tend to be less cohesive and less relaxed than typical presentations, and the first thing to go is the humor.

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What’s Funny When Nothing Is Happening?

Humor Power

Often a cartoon will have a built-in twist which will be the obvious center-point of the humorous caption. Current events or topical humor. But if you’re stuck and think “nothing’s happening,” it can provide you water-cooler conversation which can work nicely. .

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Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations: BS is BS and it.

Executive Speech Coach

Transform your business presentations into effective conversations. Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations Business presentations tips for executives, sales presenters, managers, technical experts and professionals from the "Speech Coach for Executives" George Torok. George Torok is a Toronto based presentation coach and presentation skills trainer.

Power Presentations Tip 37: Start with the Right Picture

Executive Speech Coach

Transform your business presentations into effective conversations. You probably smile and have an enjoyable conversation. Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations Business presentations tips for executives, sales presenters, managers, technical experts and professionals from the "Speech Coach for Executives" George Torok. George Torok is a Toronto based presentation coach and presentation skills trainer.

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Creativity Exercise

Humor Power

Loren Ekroth, Dr Conversation (Better Conversations EZine ), shared a play- on-words joke which he created from the word Hinterland. This strengthens your humor skills. creating new humor. Humor writing is a numbers game. skill becomes important when you have written two or three Observational Humor lines and you want to pick the best one to open a speech. It helps to focus my humor radar. Humor In Speaking creative writing humor exercise

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Comedy Musician on America’s Got Talent

Humor Power

This two-minute performance illustrates several humor principles. Thehumor could be described as off color, but it passed the TV censors…sohow bad can that be? The performer uses humor to be likable. His style is very conversational. He uses humor when having a problem with the equipment. Case Studies humor lesson from AGT It would be the perfect entertainment for anight-club lounge. Lessons learned: 1. He is witty from beginningto end.

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Governor Walker's Negative Ratings Make for Good Comedy « TJWALKER.

TJ Walker Interactive

What the video HERE to get a glimpse at humor with a message gov. scott walker , John Stewart , wisconsin This entry was posted on March 11, 2011, 2:39 pm and is filed under Communications , Crisis Communications , Government & Politics , Humor.

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TEDxUCLA: The good and the great

Speak Schmeak

I don't know why this is the case; I don't know why TED speakers are encouraged to lecture rather than converse, but thankfully not all of the speakers of the day took heed of this tradition. I had the privilege of attending TEDxUCLA this past weekend.

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Elevator Speeches Part II - Buck the Trend

Speak and Deliver

The Twisted Opening This is an even better time to use your Twisted Reply from the Elevator Conversation. Stumpy & Bumpy Laugh Off The Pounds Blog Archive ► 2010 (28) ► October (6) Speaking with Humor - HALLOWEEN SPECIAL!

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Clint Eastwood at the RNC: 9 Ways He Made Our Day

Speak and Deliver

If the speaker had been Jon Stewart, would we look at the chair prop, the Harvey-style conversation, with the same eyes? So - either good humor or inappropriateness is certainly a bi-partisan event. Profane Humor. Last night, Clint Eastwood gave the world what it wanted.

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Why most public speaking advice doesn’t seem to work for you

Speaking about Presenting

Tony is quick-witted, funny and can come up with any number of quick responses – whether it’s during a presentation or just a conversation around the dinner table. We can’t summons up those clever, humorous responses under pressure.

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Christmas Cheer to Make You Smile

Humor Power

I heard about it from Loren Ekroth, Better Conversations Ezine. Tags: Life Skills 12 days of Christmas christmas cheer holiday humor Check out this fun arrangement of The Twelve Days of Christmas , Straight No Chaser, Men’s A Capella, Indiana University. Entertaining and very professionally done.

Christmas Cheer to Make You Smile

Humor Power

I heard about it from Loren Ekroth, Better Conversations Ezine. Tags: Life Skills 12 days of Christmas christmas cheer holiday humor Check out this fun arrangement of The Twelve Days of Christmas , Straight No Chaser, Men’s A Capella, Indiana University. Entertaining and very professionally done.

A Non-Sequitur Bombed

Humor Power

A non-sequitur can be used as a humor trigger because of the relationship, or non-relationship, it creates. A week later I decided to try a non-sequitur joke in my Observational Humor monologue. . So I decided to close my Observational Humor monologue with a non-sequitur joke. Here it is: “I love humor…hate the bunions.” ” I thought that was funny…since there is no logical connection between humor and the bunions.

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20 Clues Your Friend Might Be A Toastmaster

Humor Power

Dinner conversation with her is interrupted by a green, yellow and. Life Skills Toastmaster humor 20 Clues Your Friend Might Be A Toastmaster: 1. She flinches every time you say ah. Every day the first time you meet, before saying anything else, he says: “My pal, my buddy, and my honored friend.” ” 3. She evaluates everything you do and say. On a first date he admits that he is controlling his nervousness by visualizing you in your underwear.

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NY Speechwriters Conference Debrief 3 of 3

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In this third and final edited highlight of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable conference call from the PSA World Conference, I give a summary of Bob Lehrman’s break out featuring a conversation with David Kusnet who was Clinton’s speechwriter.

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Energy Zappers

Humor Power

When it comes to humor delivery and getting good laughs, it’s important to avoid the energy zappers that could suck the energy right out of the room. If your first line or two of humor bombs, a speaker may start to interpret the inner motivations of the audience. Great eye contact completes the conversation loop. It’s always a two-way conversation. Anything that pulls attention away from your humor is a zapper.

Jerry Brown shows speakers how to recover, without making himself the joke

The Eloquent Woman

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy Politicians' inaugural speeches and swearings-in tend to fall into the "little noted nor long remembered" category of public speaking, but a momentary stumble in California Governor Jerry Brown's oath of office yesterday was covered all over the news--in part, I think, because he made a humorous speaking save without turning the joke on himself. Jerry Brown humor

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7 Tips to Ensure You’re Understood when Speaking to a Foreign Audience

Speaking about Presenting

Use humor wisely. I’m a big fan of using humor in almost any kind of speech, but with non-English speaking audiences, most kinds of wittiness (1) do not translate well, (2) might even end up being inappropriate. This is a guest post by Leon Potgieter.

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Don’t Sing Opera to Wrestling Fans

Humor Power

Select the right place to perform your humor. So during the show, two-thirds of the crowd engaged in conversation while the other third strained to hear the comics over the buzz of the crowd. . Tags: Humor In Speaking Public speakers speaking with humor stand up comedy Say no to requests which are not a fit for you.

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