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One-Liners

A one-liner is pretty self explanatory. It means a joke or piece of humor that is just one sentence. Using one-liners during your presentations can be a great and easy way to add humor. These brief bits of comedy are quick and easy to deliver and they don't have to be all that funny to get your point across. If you aren't quite sure about using a lot of humor in your speech, learning how  use one-liners in your public speaking course is a great place to start.

Most audiences likes one-liners, because they can get a quick mental break from very content heavy material. Keeping the audience alert is important to what you use from your public speaking course. Also, if the audience is there to get high levels of content, they don't feel you wasted their time with long stories and a bunch of jokes.

One of the best sources for one-liners you can get is a small and inexpensive paperback called 'Today's Chuckle: 2500 Great One-Liners for Every Occasion' by Paul Harlan Collins. Most public speaking resource books are broken down into categories. There are 25 categories in this book and I am sure you could find a relevant piece of humor to use for every presentation.

This book has categories such as "Affairs of State and Other Political Indiscretions" where you might find the one-liner:
"Politicians are like polkas. They have different names, but they all sound alike."
or the category 'Money and the Meaning of Life' where you would see truisms like:
"Prosperity is that period between the last installment and the next purchase.'

You'll run across one-liners everywhere once you start looking. Some will even have two lines. Don't worry. Write them down too.

Just for fun, here are some of my favorites:

Thanks to automatic teller machines you are always conveniently close to being broke.

Behind every successful person stands a bunch of amazed co-workers.

Computers can do complicated mathematical calculations in 1/100,000 second, but the invoices still go out 10 days late.

My accountant is shy and retiring. He's $250,000 shy. That's why he's retiring.

How are you supposed to teach a kid what clockwise means when he's wearing a digital GI Joe watch?

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