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. Open with a Big Laugh, Close with a Bigger One – according to the psychology of the primacy-recency effect* we remember the thing we see/hear first and last. 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.

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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. Open with a Big Laugh, Close with a Bigger One – according to the psychology of the primacy-recency effect* we remember the thing we see/hear first and last. 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.

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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. Open with a Big Laugh, Close with a Bigger One – according to the psychology of the primacy-recency effect* we remember the thing we see/hear first and last. 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. Tags: Uncategorized humor Presentation Skills

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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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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. Open with a Big Laugh, Close with a Bigger One – according to the psychology of the primacy-recency effect* we remember the thing we see/hear first and last. 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.

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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. Your opening establishes your premise.

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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. In some countries you may hear people openly joking on television about subjects that would be taboo in the U.S. 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.

Power Presentations Tip 46: Open and Close with Silence

Executive Speech Coach

Transform your business presentations into effective conversations. Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Power Presentations Tip 46: Open and Close with Silence Open and Close with Silence Your presentation starts before you open your mouth. Speaking too soon diminishes your opening presence and power. To deliver a stronger presentation, open and close with silence. Power Presentations Tip 46: Open and Close with Si.

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 been a little resistant to his talk at first, but his examples opened my mind.

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How to Open Your Presentation with Attention Grabbing Pizzazz and.

Executive Speech Coach

Transform your business presentations into effective conversations. Sunday, February 20, 2011 How to Open Your Presentation with Attention Grabbing Pizzazz and Close with Memorable Oomph Free Audio Class - Feb. 24 - Registration Closed If you listened to this free audio class - please complete the survey Click here to take survey ATTENTION: Imagine your audience snapping to attention during the opening of your presentation. Power Presentations Tip 46: Open and Close with Si.

Top 10 Tips on How to Open Your Speech

Executive Speech Coach

Transform your business presentations into effective conversations. Wednesday, June 09, 2010 Top 10 Tips on How to Open Your Speech You have a few seconds to engage your audience at the beginning of your presentation. What should you do to ensure a successful opening to your speech? The opening to your speech is equally important to your success as a presenter. The mission of the opening to your presentation is to: 1.

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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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 been a little resistant to his talk at first, but his examples opened my mind.

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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. If you can, find a way to tie back to your opening "If you dont call me, remember this: The Vampire will be lurking!"

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2 reasons and 5 easy steps to convert a PowerPoint presentation to EXE

PowerPoint Tips

Always full of humor, his work is invariably built on a solid foundation of research and facts. * * * *. On the contrary, presentations in PPT or PPTX can only be opened with certain versions of Microsoft PowerPoint, depending on what version they were created in.

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

Speak and Deliver

His opening background was not a picture of him during his political days, but from The Outlaw Josie Wales, looking all rough and tumble with a beard and a cowboy hat. If the speaker had been Jon Stewart, would we look at the chair prop, the Harvey-style conversation, with the same eyes?

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Five Tips to Deliver Exciting Speeches

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Open Hot, Close Hotter. Save any greetings and gratitude until they’ve already grabbed the audience with a powerful opening. Although the client and I often end up with a script that can then be edited and tightened, the words grow out of our conversations. My work represents a cleaned-up conversation; one the speaker is going to have with the audience. I received this article in Patricia Fripp’s email newsletter, and I have reposted it with her permission.

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Can Using Presentation Skills Help You Keep the Peace this Thanksgiving?

DeFinis Communications

Yet even with our mild mannered guests, conversations can get awkward. Here are a few presentation skills tips that you can apply to your dinner conversations to help you keep the peace. Use friendly, open body language: Make sure you turn towards the speaker, sit upright and keep your hands and arms uncrossed. Even if you disagree, learning more about the other person’s point of view could be revealing and help the conversation progress in a constructive manner.

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Don’t Sing Opera to Wrestling Fans

Humor Power

Select the right place to perform your humor. Last week I attended an open-mike comedy night (as a spectator) and was reminded how difficult a performing situation can be when the fit isn’t right. 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. . Go into every speaking challenge with your eyes open. Say no to requests which are not a fit for you.

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Thinking Like a Tourist

Humor Power

It will open your eyes to new adventures in your own home town. . Getting out of the house for new experiences is a great way to stimulate your humor skills. In addition to sharpening your humor skills, it will make you a better conversationalist. On Monday, listen to water-cooler conversation. For example if there is a Magician’s convention in town, on one or two nights there is likely a stage show which is open to the public.

It’s Hard to Be Funny

Humor Power

The show includes conversations with: Jay Leno, Robert Klein, Bill Cosby, George Shapiro, Ray Romano, Chris Rock, Garry Shandling, and others. ” The pros make it look easy, but it’s hard work. – Opening with untested material is a mistake typically made by a rookie. – The audience has never written a joke, yet they’re the judge of whether or not your humor is funny. – Get stage time.

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your questions on flat, shaky speech starts

The Eloquent Woman

But we started that conversation on Facebook, and two of the questions concerned getting started in a speech--not surprising, as this is the moment when you'll have the highest audience attention, and you'll sense the pressure.

Should you display the live twitter stream on a large screen?

Speaking about Presenting

Twitter can also allow the conversation to continue after the conference. Post-event analysis and continuing the conversation was, until now, the Holy Grail of event organisers. From the comments on Kevin’s post, it seems most people enjoyed a little light humor.

Are you giving the audience tools they can use?

Speak Schmeak

And when it wasn't infectious (sometimes you can't help that it's 5:00 on a Friday afternoon or that a joke falls flat), he didn't let that get in his way, but used it as a moment of humor. Occasionally, he had us turn to our neighbor and have a conversation.

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Do you have an uninterested face?

Speak Schmeak

They don't respond to humor, they don't respond to variations in tone of voice or volume. When a participant asks a question, your face should be open and interested. Then, if I get the message, I excuse myself from the conversation.

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Do you have an uninterested face?

Speak Schmeak

They don't respond to humor, they don't respond to variations in tone of voice or volume. When a participant asks a question, your face should be open and interested. Then, if I get the message, I excuse myself from the conversation.

2012 172

How to be Liked at Work

The Communication Blog

These rules, whether in an interview situation or in a friendly conversation, delineate appropriate and inappropriate verbal and nonverbal behavior, specify rewards (or punishments for breaking the rules), and tell you what will help you get and keep a job and what won’t. Avoid negative talk and sarcasm (even in humor). Maintain eye contact, a pleasant facial expression, an open posture, and relatively close proximity.

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11 Deadly Presentation Sins - Rob Biesenbach: Book 30 of 52 in 52

Speak and Deliver

Conversational, relatable, and occasionally irreverent. Sin #2: A Flat Opening - includes a nice list of opening options, what to do and what NOT to do. My favorite is the ''Fish Out of Water'', ie ''Stranger in a Strange Land'' opening.

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Are you giving the audience tools they can use?

Speak Schmeak

And when it wasn't infectious (sometimes you can't help that it's 5:00 on a Friday afternoon or that a joke falls flat), he didn't let that get in his way, but used it as a moment of humor. Occasionally, he had us turn to our neighbor and have a conversation.

2012 141

Public Speaking - Cool As Universal Metric Of Performance Art

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Here is the How-To: Listen to conversations. Ask yourself if 10-year-olds would roll their eyes or even burst out laughing when you open your mouth? A solid sense of humor siphons off years of aging. Cool is the universal metric for assessing thought leadership.

Inspired to speak: The King's Speech

Speak Schmeak

Through physical exercise, breathing, conversation and a variety of (sometimes questionable) techniques, Lionel guides Bertie through the process of facing his fear, his frustration, his setbacks, and his ultimate responsibility.

2011 259

Famous Speech Friday: Ann Richards' 1988 Democratic Convention keynote

The Eloquent Woman

And her opening included a then-unusual good evening in Spanish, quickly followed by this line: "After listening to George Bush all these years, I figured you needed to know what a real Texan sounds like." It's a celebration of Richards, her speaking, her humor and more.

Giving Thanks for Mark Twain

DeFinis Communications

How many of us have ridden on the shoulders of this giant and have used his epigrams and maxims to support a point, add humor to our presentations or shine light on an unspoken truth? “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.&# . “A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.&#. “If

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Quintessential Public Speaking: The Commencement Address

DeFinis Communications

Like any address, the styles of commencement speeches vary from humorous to heartbreaking. . Taylor / photo by Jonathan Nolan. · Use a simple “open, body, close” content structure.

2009 130

12for12 March Challenge: Speak up

Speak Schmeak

Or you were having a conversation with friends and one of them said something offensive, but you didn't want to rock the boat or look like you don't have a sense of humor. Just remember: It's never too late to enter the conversation. Conversations flow, shift, jump around, go in a circle, stop, start and are not necessarily linear. Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet?

2012 162

What's your audience's culture?

Speak Schmeak

It helps to know if a group has a good sense of humor, if they're quiet or boisterous, if they're stodgy or laid-back. Lunch was served before my talk, so I had the opportunity to meet and converse with several more members of the group.

PyCon Conference Mess: Groping for new rules of communications

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As BUSINESS INSIDER reports, at the PyCon Conference, where developers for open source PyCon programming gathered, a sex-laced joke was made in a "private conversation" by two male attendees.    No conversation is private, even if conducted in private. 

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10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder

Presentation Zen

There are many different ways to connect and share your message with an audience, but the storytelling principles noted by Crowe of simplicity, clarity, soulfulness, and humor—backed by authenticity and a respect for your audience—will take you far.

2014 114

Famous Speech Friday: Frances Perkins on the roots of Social Security

The Eloquent Woman

And from her opening lines, she also made it clear that she had strong opinions about the issue: I must say I feel very much at home even though I just arrived. Here's what you can learn from this famous speech: Recreate conversations: Don't just summarize important discussions you've had.

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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. Power Presentations Tip 46: Open and Close with Silence Open and Close with Silence Your presentation starts before you open your mouth. ► February (7) Superior Presentations: Wayne Terry Feedback How to Open Your Presentation with Attention Grabb. Power Presentations Tip 46: Open and Close with Si.

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

Executive Speech Coach

Transform your business presentations into effective conversations. Power Presentations Tip 46: Open and Close with Silence Open and Close with Silence Your presentation starts before you open your mouth. ► February (7) Superior Presentations: Wayne Terry Feedback How to Open Your Presentation with Attention Grabb. Power Presentations Tip 46: Open and Close with Si.

Famous Speech Friday: Penny Mordaunt's Loyal Address in Parliament

The Eloquent Woman

Fifty-seven years long in the case of Member of Parliament Penny Mordaunt , who earlier this month delivered the "loyal address" thanking the monarch for her speech and opening debate on the issues of the new session.

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12for12 March Challenge: Speak up

Speak Schmeak

Or you were having a conversation with friends and one of them said something offensive, but you didn't want to rock the boat or look like you don't have a sense of humor. Just remember: It's never too late to enter the conversation.

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