Learn 7 Comedy Habits to be better at public speaking, consistently funnier and help rid the world of boring presentations!
This courses teachings, as referenced in Inc, Forbes, Fast Company, Lifehacker and featured by Prezi as one of the 5 best online training courses for presenters, outlines easy to apply steps from the world of standup comedy to improve your presentation and public speaking skills, using one of the most powerful tools available to us: Laughter.
What students are saying about it:
"This course was engaging, entertaining and filled with great speaking tips. I loved it! Thank you! It was like reading a great book, I couldn't turn it off."
"The course is awesome! Hands down the best collection and presentation of resources I have found on public speaking (not normally the most exciting topic, but here it most certainly is!). Highly recommended."
“This course is great. I haven’t taken it yet but David drew a picture when he was 6 years old of a penguin drinking beer in a Chinese restaurant and it was clear the potential for slight wisdom and misguided creativity were there.” —Marita Nihill, David’s Mother
Top business speakers are using humor.
They are developing laugh lines using the same process as comedians.
You don't need to be a natural comedian to get laughs.
We de-construct the process from standup comedy into 7 Habits and show you how to translate them into public speaking skills for the world of business. These 7 Comedic Habits are aimed at helping you deliver a more memorable, entertaining and engaging presentation, every time.
Whether you are a seasoned presenter or someone with a real fear of public speaking (like me!) these easy to apply steps will help you stand out from the crowd. These techniques are being applied by numerous TED talks, start-ups, entrepreneurs, keynotes, interviewees and professional speakers to further engage their audiences and we take you through how to do the same.
There are step by step assignments following each section that will help you develop your comedic writing styles and delivery methods. This is further supplemented with engaging viewing material from a number of TED talks and business presenters on the covered areas. This includes an impromptu performance by Robin Williams and video of my own jokes at some of California's top comedy clubs highlighting the techniques covered in the course.
Most presentations are really boring. With application of these habits yours will not be!
These techniques will your make presentations more engaging and entertaining by:
This example shows how just like comedians the final product of business speakers comes from a work in progress, delivered multiple times to find the best format. In the example show we analyze an early version business presentation to extract the key funny part from a story. This something the presenter himself did overtime with experience. We however, want to do it quicker.
AJ Jacobs is one of my favourite conference speakers. Watch him here using joke structure. If you go through his talks over the years you will see him building these jokes and really perfecting their delivery. The main joke here is great. The tagline not so much but you will find the most important part is the main punchline. The taglines are often continuously experimented with.
This joke would be equally at home on a stand up comedy stage. It one of the many many examples out there of top speakers in the business world using comedy techniques. Some are aware of it. Others learn it by trial and error. All are however well aware of which parts of their presentation get the best laughs.
A humorous look at social media and business, sales, marketing, and customer service. Brian Carter makes great use of funny images throughout and great set-ups throughout.
In this lecture we look at an easy way to generate comedic set up, through comparing and contrasting items.This is where you link your topic to similar items relatable to the audience on a general level. We see a quick and effectetive example by Apple's Roger Rosner.
This is a quick example of one of my Compare and Contrast jokes based on an almost David and Goliath scenario. Ireland's performance in the London Olympics vs the USA's. We were just behind China (a long way behind) and in front of Azerbaijan for those curious.
This is an example of my memory palace from a recent comedy show.
This joke is not very funny when written out in words alone. Add act out however, hand gestures and stepping forward to emphasise the key laugh lines and you have a joke that gets a great laugh from the crowd.
This is taken from an author talk I did recently at Google HQ. It is a good example of the feeling you get when you know there is more funny and laughter in the moment from the live audience so you go after it. The bit is the same as I had in this course earlier but the delivery here a bit more in the moment. Please excuse the bad audio quality. You would expect Google to be good with tech, but oh no! :)
Humanity's fine-tuned sense of fear served us well as a young species, giving us laser focus to avoid being eaten by competing beasts. But it's less wonderful when that same visceral, body-hijacking sense of fear kicks in in front of 20 folk-music fans at a Tuesday night open-mic. Palms sweat, hands shake, vision blurs, and the brain says RUN: it's stage fright. In this charming, tuneful little talk, Joe Kowan talks about how he conquered it.
In this lecture we look at effective ways to evaluate your performance using a scoring system to identify what works best, what needs work and what you should throw away. This system will highlight the most effective items to work into your presentations.
David is the author of the best-selling book Do You Talk Funny? and the Founder of FunnyBizz, a community, writer platform, and conference series, where business meets humor to abolish boring content. His work has been featured in Inc., Lifehacker, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Irish Times, and Forbes.
He has performed standup comedy at leading clubs including Cobbs, the Comedy Store, the Improv, the Punchline and the Upright Citizens Brigade even though he strongly denies being a comedian and is well aware most people don't understand his accent. As a storyteller he finished runner up in NPR's the Moth's largest US story telling competition and has won multiple Moth Storyslam competitions.
He works with San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley, General Assembly and the Nasdaq entrepreneurial center as a course instructor and his clients include top companies like LinkedIn, best-selling authors, TV personalities, CEO's, TED speakers and a penguin he once failed to make funny.
A graduate of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School he calls San Francisco home when immigration officials permit, and was named on the 2017 Irish America 100 List, which recognizes the accomplishments of the best and the brightest Irish-American and Irish-born leaders.