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Tips on Adding Humor to a Speech

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 Tips on Adding Humor to a Speech
 
Learn how to use humour in your speech when engaging in public speaking by checking out this video done by Earl Sky from Vocal Power.

Learning how to use humor is a tip to take into consideration when delivering a speech, presentation or engaging in public speaking.

It's easier than you think and it can really make a difference because it's not what you say, but how you say it. 

 

" Hi there, and welcome to Vocal Power.

 I'm Earl Sky and today I want to talk to you about using humour in your presentation.
 
1. Write your Speech
 

Now, you may say to yourself, well I'm not a comedy writer. I don't write jokes. I'm a presenter, I'm a speaker, I'm an author, I'm a business person. 

 
First and foremost, write your speech.  Then think about a humorous story you can incorporate into it.  
It could be about yourself, it could be something you read, something you heard, just to break the ice with the audience.
Because everyone can relate to humour.
 
For example, I was asked to give a wedding speech about 12 years ago to a very good friend of mine and his bride, and they wanted me to make a toast. 
 
So I said to myself, what can I do different to make this stand out? 
Toast? Toaster. I went out, picked up a new toaster, put toast into it and while I was speaking I said just a second I have to make my official toast. 
 
Brought the toaster up, flipped the bread out and got great laughs from the audience. Then I went into my speech.
 
2. Add a prop to your speech to add humour. 
 
Think about about a prop that will add humour to your speech.
For example, if you really want to drive a point home, at that point, you pull out a hammer. 
Just little things will help you add some humour to your speech. 
 
And that's Vocal Power for this week.
Try adding some humour to your speech, it will make a big difference.
Till next time, good speaking, I'm Earl Sky." 

 

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7 comments
Level 3 (XP: 750)
12 months ago
Learn more about the importance of being able to add humour to your speech
Level 3 (XP: 750)
Thank you for the positive feedback everyone
Level 3 (XP: 1000)
last year
i agree, this video is really helpful
Level 3 (XP: 900)
last year
Its good when you are publicly speaking to use humour because it breaks the tension in the room and engages the audience. You can have a presentation with a lot of info but can be really boring and not engaging, so when you add that humour it gets your audiences attention.
Level 4 (XP: 1150)
Good presentation skills training is hard to come by in GTA. Thanks Earl for this informative video :)
Level 6 (XP: 2400)
last year
Using humour during a presentation is just as important as projecting your voice and making sure you're enagaged with your audience. Tips like this one are essential for having a better understanding of what is involved in public speaking, proper presentation skills training can really make the difference. Most people really dont know how crucial it is to know how to present an idea, project or speech. Presentation training is a must for sure.
Level 7 (XP: 2700)
last year
I'm glad I came across this website that offers video tips and information on Toronto based presentation skills training.

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