Phil, the blunt psychologist who became famous on the Oprah Winfrey show is the king of these. Thank you sir Avish for this article. To avoid sounding overly rehearsed or robotic, practice varying your tone appropriately with the context and use expressive facial and body language.
A word, a phrase. The technique can help pace a speech and divide its parts. That exercise and review of the criteria set in motion the creation of the process now called The Laugh Generator Process I used to finally advance past the Division contest to become the District Humorous Speaking Champion.
Record yourself. Err on the side of clarity over style, subtlety or artistry.
Whatever it is, make a note of it. Work humor into the text, once you have the foundation of your speech. Your premise might be that it's hard to be a dad. Quite often, when we are designing speeches and presentations for a professional audience, we discount the value of entertainment and humor.
Humor is an effective way to mark a shift in rhetorical tone or a new topic, Agler says. However, for most speakers, using your funny stories as a way to add showmanship to the point that you are making works much better. Here are a few techniques to consider: My third time competing in the Humorous Speech Contest, I won.
Glad you found it useful. It can be somewhat uncomfortable to watch or listen to yourself, but doing so will help improve your presentation enough to be worth the momentary discomfort. I usually listen to stand up comedians because they make me laugh, but sometimes I will pay careful attention not to what the comedian is saying, but rather to all the nuances of how he or she is saying it.
This might rule out topics that are hard to joke about, like poverty, domestic violence, etc.
Preferably video record yourself giving your speech, since doing so will allow you to observe and fine-tune both your vocal and physical presentation. Anonymous August 3, 2011 at 10: And I got the approval from Dopey. Even the guest ones: Use whatever visual or textual brainstorming method you prefer eg, clustering, listing, freewriting, etc. Give your speech with the new jokes. Because, boat on the rocks bad, scotch on the rocks good.
It can break down perceived barriers between you and the audience, fostering a sense of camaraderie with the audience.