Humour in a speech: 5 reasons you need it; 10 tips for using it

Manner of Speaking

On a small table on the stage sits a jar containing dozens of mosquitoes. As Head of the delegation, I had to give a speech at the opening plenary session. I took my seat at the head table. Using humour is a great way for speakers to connect with their audiences.

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Banquet/Luncheon Tips

Great Public Speaking

You may want to politely remind the program coordinator to consider some of the following points: ROOM SET-UP (Many of these tips work whether food is being served or not) Avoid spacing round tables widely apart in an attempt to fill the available space. A better idea would be to space the tables as close together as practicable (allowing enough room for comfortable waiter and waitress movement). Try to set the head table / speaker area on the long side of the room.


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Public Speaking Techniques - Localized/Personalized Comments

Great Public Speaking

If you have a head table, a joke on one of the persons up there with you will work. If you tell a joke on someone at the head table and he or she doesn't laugh, the audience will not laugh either. Also, if you have four vice-presidents of a company at the head table and you only tease two, the other two may be offended.

The Difference Between Lecterns and Podiums

Executive Speech Coach

A rostrum or dais is a larger platform or stage on which a head table might be placed during a formal dinner. Lecterns versus Podiums Many people confuse the words “lectern”, “podium”, “rostrum”, and “dais”. A lectern is the slanted-top high-desk that you as the speaker stand behind and use when reading your presentation notes. It can be placed in the middle of the stage or off to one side. To remember lectern think lecture.

13 Speaking Lessons in 30 Days

Speak and Deliver

Always Dress Like You''ll Be At The Head Table. But the people who left my table with nothing because I didn''t bring enough don''t want to hear that. Not just earlier in the program than you thought, but on occasions you might be spontaneously introduced to say a few words because you''re at the head table.

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Eye Contact - From Credible to Creepy

Speak and Deliver

Making eye c ontact in one place vs. another too often may give your audience reason to wonder if you care more about, say, the execs at the head table more than the room as a whole. If you have silence after the point, don't burn your eyes into your victim - after you stop speaking, just shift your head to the opposite side of the room as you 'vamp' for the pause. source: Wikipedia) What Not To Do Do not look over the heads of your audience.