Acceptance speeches improved by strong openings

Speak Schmeak

As I believe most bloggers who write about the Academy Awards acceptance speeches today are writing about speeches as a whole, I've decided to focus on speech openings. Here's just one example of how taking out the fillers can make a huge difference in the opening punch of a speech.

Acceptance speeches improved by strong openings

Speak Schmeak

As I believe most bloggers who write about the Academy Awards acceptance speeches today are writing about speeches as a whole, I've decided to focus on speech openings. Here's just one example of how taking out the fillers can make a huge difference in the opening punch of a speech.

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Stand-up Comedy Open Mic Contest

Humor Power

Stand-Up Comedy Open Mic Contest. Humor In Speaking Open Mic Contest standup comedyThe Second-Annual. Sponsored by PowerHouse Pros. Don’t miss this fun night of laughter. Monday, November 30, at 6:15 pm. Special Persentation: What Agents are Lookng for in a Comedian. The location is 920 Pilot Road in Las Vegas. Join us for an evening of fun. If you miss it…we will have the last laugh!

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Borrowing Humor

Humor Power

If I had a mishap and it was still obvious that I had an accident (crutches, a sling, stitches) here’s an opening line that I might be tempted to use: “To paraphrase Phyllis Diller…I have a public service announcement. ” Here are some thoughts on using an opening line from another source: – The joke is borrowed from Phyllis Diller, via Gene Perret, multiple Emmy-Award-winning comedy writer. – What if other people are borrowing YOUR humor?

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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! No spoilers here, but he created quite the laugh to open his speech with this technique.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #158

Humor Power

It has been awhile since I published an Observational Humor monologue. Never open your set or program with “How is everybody doing today?” ” That is an irrelevant question and a weak opening line.. A great opener. In this case it was perfect as an opening line. When I first stood up, people were talking about something that had been said, which was not related to my opening line. My book will be on humor skills.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #159

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Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a TM meeting. Clubs used to do invocations to open the meetings. 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.

The Humor Bandwagon

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One of the best forms of humor is poking fun at yourself. The foundation of good self-deprecation humor is positive self-esteem. Self-deprecation humor is usually safe and funny. In joking about looking like your spouse’s father or mother, you open the gate to others to join in and also poke fun at YOU. In doing roast-like humor you need Permission to do the attack-style jokes that are usually presented.

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Two-Hour Humor Workshop

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Learn Humor Skills the Easy Way From Someone Who Learned Them the Hard. A two-hour Humor Workshop presented by John Kinde. presentation is open to non-Academy members and will be approximately 7:15 pm to 9:15. Humor In Speaking humor workshop This program is. part of an NSA Academy event on Monday, April 21, 6:00 pm until 9:30. John’s. The location is: 6655 W Sahara Suite B-100 just East of Rainbow, in Las Vegas.

Observational Humor — Case Study # 138

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Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a Toastmasters meeting. The principles used to create the humor are the same ones you would use to present a single joke at any meeting you might attend. Observational Humor is usually the kind of humor where “you had to be there” for it to be funny. A speaker joked about a member who only opened his mouth when he had something to say. Good opener.).

Observational Humor — Case Study #155

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It’s time for an Observational Humor monologue presented at at the end of an NSA chapter meeting. Judi Moreo opened, and she was great. Case Studies National Speakers Association observational humorTHE SET-UP (Providing what happened during the meeting to help you make sense of the jokes.). The majority of the speakers for the meeting had names starting with J and three of them were named John. The featured speaker, Lois Creamer, was from out of town.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #156

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It’s time for an Observational Humor monologue presented at at the end of a Toastmasters meeting. I suggested a couple of opening comments for a speaker who forgot to bring a written, prepared speaker introduction. Case Studies observational humor ToastmastersTHE SET-UP (Providing what happened during the meeting to help you make sense of the jokes.). We had several guests who were young, intelligent and good looking.

Power Presentations Tip 46: Open and Close with Silence

Executive Speech Coach

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. Do this for eight seconds and the audience will stop their fidgeting and be totally focused on you and anticipating your opening words.You will need to fight the urge to speak. Power Presentations Tip 46: Open and Close with Si.

Observational Humor — Case Study #127

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Here is another Video Blog featuring an Observational Humor monologue. Watching the video first is would be like listening to a humor monlogue of punch lines with the set-up lines hidden from view. Tim’s program is a study on the use of humorous props. Opening briefcase.

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Special Humor Workshop in Las Vegas

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Humor Workshop In Las Vegas. Featuring nine humor experts. Topics: Humor for Teens to Seniors. How Presenting Humor is Different for Women and Men. Testing Your Humor. Success at Open Mic Night. Humor is No Joke. Humor In Speaking humor workshop Las Vegas Monday, September 29. Time: 6:15 pm until 8:30 pm. Location: Pololu Robotics, 920 Pilot Road, south of the airport. Cost: It’s free.

Observational Humor — Case Study #143

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Here is another Observational Humor monologue which was presented at the end of a meeting. I observed what was said and what happened during the meeting, and at the end of the meeting I presented humorous observations. In a speech about writing a winning Tall Tale speech, we were told to open with a catchy statement and also to know our closing perfectly. He is a four-time District winner in Humorous Speaking. Tonight, we’ll talk about the four styles of humor.

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Observational Humor — Case Study # 141

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This article will be a good learning tool on the subject of creating original humor. We begin with an Observational Humor monologue created at the end of a Toastmasters meeting by Bala ( Balakumar Shanmugam ), Author of the Indian Humor Blog, which is published in the Netherlands. Don’t confuse it with the Dutch Humor Blog which is published in India. This article illustrates a few thoughts on creating humor: 1. ” BALA’S HUMOR MONOLOGUE.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #153

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Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. But being slow opens new career opportunities to me. This is a set up for using the answer-man or Carnack format as a vehicle for humor.). The answer is: It’s when you are watching John Kinde’s humor. Case Studies observational humorWe will provide you with the set-up, the joke, and a comment on what made the joke work.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #136

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Here’s another Observational Humor monologue. It was presented at a monthly meeting of the Las Vegas chapter of the National Speakers Assn, where I present the humor wrap up at the end of the meeting. The month before, I had opened my humor-wrap-up monologue with. Mike Rayburn included a top-ten list in his opening comments. It will give you the context of the humor. will allow you to exprience of the audience reaction to the humor.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #145

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Here is another observational Humor monologue written for presentation at the end of a meeting. Bryant critiqued a speaker who opened his speech with Mr Toastmaster and fellow Toastmasters, to say instead: Mr Toastmaster and anybody who has ever been face-to-face with a 1500 pound bull. It was suggested to a speaker that he open his speech using a less aggressive stance. Darren talked about the differences between humor and comedy. Humor In Speaking

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Observational Humor — Case Study #122

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Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. An Observational Humor joke doeesn’t need to be the funniest joke in the world to get a good laugh. Watching the audience response teaches you the power of Observational Humor.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #126

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Here is another VIDEO BLOG of Observational Humor presented at the end of a meeting. Linda Bown talked about humor used by men and women. suggested that humor about ED might not be a good topic. The recycled jokes opened the door for this new joke about stepping.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #134

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Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of an NSA Las Vegas chapter meeting. Then we will look at the joke and what triggered the humor. The strength of most observational humor is “being there.” ” Humor which is funny for the audience will not be nearly as funny when studied as an academic exercise. But this is presented as a humor piece which has passed the test of a live audience. Pefect opener.

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Humor Contest Results — Expanded Books

Humor Power

It’s time for the best lines from the October Humor Contest. Chapter 12: Using Tree Remnants to Open a Branch Office. Contests humor contestNew contests are announced on the first of the month. Next month’s contest comes out on November 1, 2015. This month’s contest took the three winners from last month’s Simple or Complex book titles. We challenged our readers to provide chapter headings for the three book titles.

Observational Humor — Case Study #139

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She mentioned a person’s demo video which opened with high-fiving the audience. She said it was not a recommended opening. I moved to Las Vegas 15 years ago and opened my one-woman show. ( They told me that their audience loves humor and likes to laugh. The truth is, I don’t do humor. humor. Case Studies observational humorHere are jokes used at an NSA Las Vegas chapter meeting. We’ll look at the set up.

Humor Content Versus Delivery

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When you present a humor line, the trigger which activates your funny line normally involves something your SAY, or something you DO, or a combination of both. Most jokes depend on the content, the words, to establish the humorous connection that results in laughter. At a recent club meeting, we presented our regular Observational Humor segment at the end of the meeting. Every member is given the opportunity to share their humorous observations.

Humor Wisdom From Gerald Fleischmann

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Gerald Fleischmann visited Las Vegas recently and shared humor tips with members of the Power House Pros Toastmasters club. We’re always excited to learn tips from an avid student of humor. Humor is fun. Gerald shared the excitement of an Observational Humor monologue that got big laughs. . Humor is work. Gerald tackles a humor writing task by doing extensive research, mostly on the Internet. Volunteer to create humor.

Las Vegas Humor Event

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Power House Pros — A Humor Specialty Club. He was featured on the Season One opening show of America’s Got Talent. . Humor In Speaking Humor program power house pros s frank stringhamFeatured Speaker: S Frank Stringham. Presenting: To Wit — Or How To Think Quick on Your Feet. Monday, October 15, at 6:15 pm. Location: Pololu Robotics and Electronics, 920 Pilot Road, Las Vegas.

Lessons from the Olympics: Turning a mistake into a win

Speak Schmeak

If you watched the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, you noticed that there was a snafu with the display of the Olympic rings, when an electronic snowflake that was supposed to expand into the fifth ring never opened. As the rings formed, one group of performers instead stayed in a small, tight circle (to represent the opening night snowflake) for a few hilarious moments, parodying the opening night mishap.

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Creating Humor On a Theme

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A question like that would open the door for a series of “cold in here” jokes for Johnny Carson: It was so cold in here that penguins have been sneaking in to spend the night. The door was wide open for “cold” jokes. As the meeting opened, the club President noted that it was cold in the room, but that it was a DRY cold. That was a good opening joke to disarm the issue of how cold it was in the room.

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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.

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Observational Humor — Case Study # 114

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Here is another look at an Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. An evaluator commented on a speaker’s high-energy entrance to open his speech. 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

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. I know my opening line usually works the next time, even if it didn’t work today. 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

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Lightness of Humor - How Pema Chodron Floats Possibility of Fresh Mindsets

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Her tool in opening us up is the lightness of humor. Most lack Chodron's lightness of humor when putting together fresh ways of earning a good buck. Stuck. 

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Using Humor On a Sales Call

Humor Power

How do you use humor on sales calls? I prefer fresh humor over off-the-shelf jokes in most cases. A story is usually longer than a standard set-up/joke sequence of humor. ” Although humor is a great relationship builder, I am a fan of “the relationship comes first.” The amount of humor and the type of humor which you can sucessfully use is best measured by the nature and depth of your relationship with the client.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #125

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Bobby told us of a humor contest where he used a purse and dressed in drag. And at 2:30 in the morning I was banging on the door until Scott opened it and let me out. Case Studies creative humor writing observational humor This was a strong monologue. Part of the credit for the big response was the. larger-than-usual audience size. We will look at the set-up. Next we’ll review the joke. And then we’ll examine what made the joke work.

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How to Open Your Presentation with Attention Grabbing Pizzazz and.

Executive Speech Coach

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. Do you want to electrify your listeners with a magnetic opening? Power Presentations Tip 46: Open and Close with Si.

Add Humor to Your Meeting

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One of my most recent articles was published in TOASTMASTER magazine, August 2011: How to Add Humor to Your Club Meetings. It will give you a dozen ideas for adding humor and fun to your meetings. A little humor goes a long way when used to open or close a meeting. Humor In Speaking humor in a meeting specialty club ToastmastersSome of the ideas you might want to include at every meeting.

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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Observational Humor — Case Study #94

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Here’s another Observational Humor monologue presented at a full-day workshop featuring Ryan Avery, 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking, Scott Pritchard, 2011 Third Place Winner of World Championship of Public Speaking, and me. First we will look at the set-up which triggered an idea for an observational humor line. A speaker suggested that when delivering humor, look to connect with an audience member who is having a good time and laughing.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #118

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Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. The Observational Humor Master typically opens with one joke, and. then calls for humorous comments from the floor. presents a humor monologue. Are there any Observational Humor comments from floor? Members shared some Observational Humor lines. As you noticed, the humor is like a roller coaster…up…and down. I like to find humor in name-play.

Observational Humor — Case Study #109

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Here is another Observational Humor Monologue delivered at the end of a meeting. Someone asked Melanie if she was wearing a costume for her Humorous Contest speech in Bakersfield. Bobby has been recognized as one of the top humor speakers in District 33 for decades. Here’s a guy who is funny before he even opens his mouth. Case Studies creative humor writing observational humor