19 famous humorous speeches by women

The Eloquent Woman

They come from politicians, professional comedians, scientists, entrepreneurs, actors, authors, and activists, showing the full range of how to use humor in public speaking. Here, deadpan delivery and basing her talk in research helps balance the humor.

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[Podcast] The Message of You with a Splash of Humor with Judy Carter

Speaker Launcher

The Goddess of Comedy”, AKA, author and speaker Judy Carter shares some of her wit and wisdom when it comes to infusing speeches with a little humor. The post [Podcast] The Message of You with a Splash of Humor with Judy Carter appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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April is Humor Month in Speak & Deliver

Speak and Deliver

In honor of my FAILED humor on Sunday, April Fool's Day, I am declaring April HUMOR MONTH here in Speak & Deliver! Lesson - subtle, inside humor doesn't work on the wrong audiences. So, humor doesn't always work , even when used by a speaker who uses it constantly on stage.

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Laughing All the Way to the Bank: Ways to Add Humor to Speeches

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

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HUMOR: With or Without U

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Thanks to Oriana at Gotham Ghostwriters for alerting me to this artfully produced parody of Irish rock band U2′s song “With or Without You”, recast as a promo for a recently published book on Scrabble: Is That a Word?: From AA to ZZZ, the Weird and Wonderful Language of SCRABBLE. If you are part of [.]. Culture Shock! book promotion scrabble U2

Speaking With Humor: Costuming

Speak and Deliver

They can also make the laugh, if you're giving a humorous presentation, or even simply making a humorous point within the speech. The second consideration is whether or not the costuming makes a significant contribution to the speech, humor, or significant point.

Public Speaking - Advertising Humor

Great Public Speaking

Need more great public speaking humor? Advertising is the fine art of making you think you have longed for something all your life that you never heard of before. Advertising is the fine art of convincing people that debt is better than frustration. Advertising is the science of arresting human intelligence long enough to get money from it. Advertising is like marriage. There may be a better way, but what is it? In good times business people want to advertise. In bad times they have to.

Speaking With Humor: Irony

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Humorous Irony - the juxtaposition of a statement with a reality that contradicts it in an unexpected, occasionally outrageous, manner. Shows such as Seinfeld, Fraser, and Community all use irony as their main source of humor. The use of irony, as with any humor, carries risk.

Observational Humor — Case Study #140

Humor Power

Here is another Observational Humor monologue which was presented at the end of a Toastmasters meeting. Although the examples of Observational Humor are in the context of a Toastmasters meeting, the skills apply just the same to any meeting you might be attending. The vague directions to the rest rooms was partly done for the sake of the humor. Case Studies creative writing observational humor monologue

4 Lessons in Self-Deprecating Humor from a 14-year-old

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Jack Carroll in Britain''s Got Talent shows a wonderful sense of humor, and an understanding in how to connect with the audience. - Disabled Speakers Jack Carroll Comedy Stand Up Comedy Self-deprecation Humorous Speaking Humor

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5 Ways to Add Humor to Your Presentations Without Being a Comedian - A Guest Post by Avish Parashar

Speak and Deliver

Humor is a powerful tool. And while you may not have the desire to do a full on "humorous speech," there is no reason you can't add some humor to your presentations to mix things up and engage your audience. Good humor stands out and is memorable.

[Podcast] ROI of LOL: Adding Humor to Your Presentation with June Cline

Speaker Launcher

Does it pay to add humor to your presentation? June Cline, CSP, is the Southern, sassy and savvy, Harley riding humorist who passionately shows people and teams how to add more humor and happiness. In this episode, June offers a 5 step formula for adding humor to […].

Public Speaking - Visual Humor

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Regardless of one's nationality and culture, cartoons and comic strips are the most universally accepted format for humor. These pieces of visual humor are seen in newspapers and magazines in most areas of the world.

How to Add Humor to Your Presentation?


Should you be able to add a little bit of humor and make them laugh or even smile; your presentation is a hit. The post How to Add Humor to Your Presentation?

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Observational Humor — Case Study # 114

Humor Power

Here is another look at an Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. A member giving an impromptu speech said his favorite kind of humor was that which “slaps you in the face.” And another monologue of humor that slaps you in the face. Case Studies being funny creative writing observational humor

Humor Spotlight: Learning from Brad Montgomery

Speak and Deliver

April is Humor Month here in Speak & Deliver , so when I found out I'd have the opportunity to see Brad Montgomery "Funny Motivational Speaker and Meeting Energizer" speak for free, I jumped at it! Observational Humor - perhaps his most powerful technique of all.

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

Executive Coach Uses Humor and Acting to Deliver Unforgettable Presentation Performances

Duarte Blog

Sounds crazy, but I met Victoria Labalme on Twitter and we’ve become lifelong friends. Her background in acting and improv gives her a special edge as an executive presentation coach. She coaches completely differently than anyone I’ve met.

Public Speaking - College Humor

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Get more humor for your presentations SYMPTOMS OF SEMESTER BURNOUT 1. When your parents inquire about your grades and you sing the cookie monster song (C is for cookie, that's good enough for me.) You have spent more time figuring out that you only need a 54% on the final to pass than you have actually spent studying. When you are swamped with homework and spend your time making up a list like this. When you start showering after class rather than before.

Public Speaking - Finding Humor Sources

Great Public Speaking

Your local library is an excellent source for humor. I found over 100 listings on humor in my small town library. Keep in mind that you can't always use the humor in these sources as is. You must update, personalize, and localize much of the humor to increase its effectiveness.

Presentation Skills - Using Humor In Sales

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Humor is great for helping you overcome problems that arise during a sales presentation. I'm suggesting that your ability to use appropriate humor in the face of adversity will send a subtle, but clear, message to your prospect.

[Podcast] Punch Up Your Speech with Humor with Ron Culberson

Speaker Launcher

It is possible to add humor to your speech, even if you don’t consider yourself to be all that funny. Ron offers some tips for adding humor to speeches. From delivery to finding humor in everyday situations, this episode is all […]. The post [Podcast] Punch Up Your Speech with Humor with Ron Culberson appeared first on Jane Atkinson. It is possible to add humor to your speech, even if you don’t consider yourself to be all that funny.


Sex and Humor in Speeches – where’s the line?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

I often get asked about injecting humor in speeches, and that other question, which might be summarized as “how blue can I go?”    Let’s take humor first.    Of course, humor is its own defense.    Humor is topical, personal, aggressive, local and in your face.    If the humor is funny, it’s usually at someone’s expense, and that means you’re likely to offend someone.    Has humor paid off for you? 

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 227) – Boris Johnson

Manner of Speaking

Humour Quotes for Public Speakers Boris Johnson humor public speaking quotes quotes“My speaking style was criticised by no less an authority than Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was a low moment, my friends, to have my rhetorical skills denounced by a monosyllabic Austrian cyborg.” — Boris JohnsonFiled under: Humour, Quotes for Public Speakers.

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Presentation Skills - Old Humor Is Good Humor

Great Public Speaking

Humor is only old if your audience has heard it before and if they remember it. This is not contradictory to the fact that one of the uses of humor is to make your points more memorable. The humor was used for entertainment value only and was enjoyed and quickly forgotten.

Presentation Skills - Humorous Acknowledgments to Tough Situations

Great Public Speaking

Humor can save the day and maybe even help you become President. You can use humor to distract the antagonism, but you should always make a serious reply to the question at hand. There will come a time when you will either be in front of a hostile audience or a hostile question will pop up during a relatively calm presentation. This is a tough situation at best and you have to handle it with kid gloves.

Humor Book Reviews

Humor Power

I recently read two great books on humor, and I recommend them both to you. Born Standing Up gives us a look into the mind of a humor master. . You get laughs or you don’t.&# Unlike giving a motivational speech, where you can believe people are being motivated, when you’re presenting humor, either you’re funny or you’re not. Both the books are engaging, fun to read, and filled with insights that will help you understand the art and science of humor.

22 Humor Techniques from Politics

Humor Power

With the caucus and primary events coming soon, let’s reflect on the wonderful humor lessons provided by our politicians: 1. Start by preparing a humorous concession speech. When it comes to humor in your house, wear the pants. Humor In Speaking campaign humor politics and jokes presidential humorThe Obama Technique. Don’t waste your time creating “second term” jokes. The Gingrich Technique.

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?

Public Speaking - Lost In Translation Humor

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Get more great speaking humor Scandinavian vacuum manufacturer Electrolux used the following in an American ad campaign: "Nothing sucks like an Electrolux." The name Coca-Cola in China was first rendered as Ke-kou-ke-la. Unfortunately, the Coke company did not discover until after thousands of signs had been printed that the phrase means "bite the wax tadpole" or "female horse stuffed with wax" depending on the dialect.

How to us Humor in Public Speaking

TJ Walker Interactive

The reality is that you don’t have to be a natural born comic or even the class clown to develop a reputation as a humorous speaker. Even though you didn’t write your humor in advance, doesn’t mean you can’t write it out after the fact and then reuse it. This way, you can add humor to your presentations naturally, slowly and organically. Public Speaking Skills Humor public speaking One Laugh At a Time.

9 ways to use props for maximum impact in your presentations

Speak Schmeak

Props can add humor to a presentation. The surprise factor is especially effective when you''re using your prop for humor. If you''re using your prop for humor, consider going over the top.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #159

Humor Power

Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a TM meeting. I have Humoritis. Makes the odd connection of Humor to Pretty. Case Studies observational humorThe Set-up (what happened and what was said during the meeting before the monologue was delivered.). George said that I had the style of Jack Benny. The name of the club is Pro Toastmasters. Tim mentioned that he used to live in North Las Vegas, and pointed North.

Observational Humor — Case Study #158

Humor Power

It has been awhile since I published an Observational Humor monologue. When I was told that I would be delivering the wrap up humor at the end of the meeting, I had to change my underwear. . The set-up was magnified by the superiority theory of humor, where the listener feels superior if they get the joke. My book will be on humor skills. The superiority theory of humor kicks in as the quicker audience members get the joke. Humor is a numbers game.

Test Humor for Introductions

Great Public Speaking

Test humor is humor that is placed in your written introduction. The real value of test humor comes when you have heard the same line being delivered in your introduction over and over. is for your name, and most of these pieces of test humor can be used for either male or female presenters ? It is to be read by your introducer, not by you. Pick a couple of these lines and stick with them.

Public Speaking - How to Make a Point with Humor

Great Public Speaking

One way to do it is to use humor. Illustrate your point (in our case with a humorous two-liner, but you could use props, humorous props, funny stories, serious stories, case studies, etc.) In this case use a humorous two-liner.

Observational Humor — Case Study #64

Humor Power

Before I’m introduced to lead the Observational Humor part of the meeting, I step into the kitchen and loosen up. Then I draft a first-cut effort at a humor line. About eighty-percent of the way thru the meeting I start to look at my possible humor lines to see if I see a pattern. In this case I saw potential lines that fell into the category of “tips for delivering Observational Humor.&# Here is the monologue segment that resulted.

Public Speaking - I like Humor. Where Can I Find It?

Great Public Speaking

Humor surrounds you if you just open your eyes to it. Next in line would be updated and personalized humor taken from other sources. You can find instantly usable humor (instant as soon as you practice and twist it around a little bit) on television, in the newspaper, in books, on the Internet, in Reader's Digest, in joke services, and from other speakers (always, always give credit). I have more than 400 volumes in my humor library now and it's growing all the time.

Public Speaking - Bumper Sticker Humor

Great Public Speaking

These bumper stickers can be used for great one-liners for presentation humor. Get more great presentation humor Find one that is appropriate for your next speech! The gene pool could use a little chlorine. All generalizations are false.

Should You Use Humor in VC Pitch? « TJWALKER INTERACTIVE

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» Should You Use Humor in VC Pitch? its important to be professional and not misuse humor in your financial elevator pitch. Humor , VC pitch This entry was posted on March 17, 2011, 2:26 pm and is filed under Analysis , CEOs/Financial , Communications , Humor , Pitching , Video.