Public Speaking Course:
Probably by now you are wondering where the best place is to include your funny material in your presentation. You weren't wondering? Well, I'm going to tell you anyway.
Most members of the audience expect you to start off your speech with a story or joke. You may want to postpone your story until the audience has resigned itself that you will be giving them a rare case of sleeping sickness and then you can surprise them with your funny speech. A good rule to remember from your public speaking course is "Don't be afraid to do the unexpected." Humor is one of the best attention getting devices to get your audience's attention.
In order to start figuring out where to put your humor, you need
I'm assuming by now that all the humor you have selected is totally relevant to your audience and your topic. If it is not, throw it out
now and start searching for something to replace it that is relevant to your
Next, you should be ready to place the humor in your program. A good public speaker doesn't make the mistake of forcing humor and other material to fit. It makes no difference if one segment goes several minutes longer than another or if you don't hit the funny bone exactly every six to eight minutes. Just use that time length as a guideline. All you have to do now is decide if you want humor in your opening and/or closing. When it comes to professional presentations, preparation will be a big factor in your ultimate success.
Finally, the third aspect has to do with 'planned spontaneity.' This term seems like an oxymoron,
or contradiction in terms, doesn't it? It simply means that you use
prepared remarks that appear spontaneous to the audience. During the course of a presentation, windows of
What if you waited until you located a new marker to say the same
Many situations that can happen during your presentation can be anticipated. If you are using a slide projector,
the bulb might blow. You may be interrupted by a loud noise. Your
Questions (see Funny Question and Answer Sessions
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