Public Speaking Course:
How to Make a Point with Humor
I knew a public speaker who said that you should 'Tell em what you're gonna tell 'em. Tell 'em. Then tell 'em what you told 'em.' You can utilize this formula in your speech when you want to make an important point. You tell 'em the point, illustrate the point, then tell 'em the point again. Giving out information this way, however, can sometimes be boring if you don't spice it up a little. One way to do that is to add humor. Here's the formula used in my public speaking course.
1. Make your point.
2. Illustrate your point (by using regulare props, humorous props, funny stories,
3. Restate your point.
Here's an example where the point you are stressing is 'The Importance of Communication.'
1. First make your point. For example, accuracy and clear communication
2. Then illustrate this point. In this case use a humorous two-liner.
3. Then restate your point in a slightly different manner by saying,
Knowing what to say and when to say it is a crucial tool when learning your skills in a
speaking course. When you use humor in a professional public setting . . . especially when you are