Become Better and Funnier at Public Speaking
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- Identify and understand stand-up techniques that work in public speaking contexts
- Know how to replicate the techniques being used by top TED speakers to get laughs and increase engagement
- Know how to craft and tell an engaging ( and funny!) story
- Start and end presentations using stand-up techniques.
- Learn effective memory techniques that will make sure you don't go blank on stage
- Know how to craft a memorable story around your product/service
- Learn how to hold an audience's interest
- Know best techniques for overcoming fear of public speaking
- Stand out from the crowd by making people laugh
- Develop a file of tried and tested jokes/stories to insert into presentations
- Learn how to deal with the audience in a presentation or talk.
- Learn how to systematically write funny and effective jokes
- Know to recover from a joke falling flat
- A good sense of humor
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.
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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:
- Teaching you stand-up techniques that work in public speaking contexts.
- Teaching you how to replicate the techniques being used by top TED speakers.
- Showing you how to craft your key message into a memorable and humorous story.
- Showing you to extract the funny and build it into joke structures through comedy writing techniques
- Preparing you to test these jokes and stories on live audiences
- Showing you techniques used by comedians to overcome stage fright and improve your delivery
- Instructing you on how to open and close strong, make a great and funny first impression while getting laughs every time
- Teaching you how to evaluate performances and identify which comedic elements should be added to your presentations
- Teaching you how to manage an audience and hold their interest
- Anyone who wants to improve their public speaking slills
- Professionals who want to make their presentations more entertaining
- Marketing and Advertising professionals looking to add humor to their messaging
- Start-Up companies who want to stand out from the crowd
- Entrepreneurs looking to get a competitive advantage
- Sales professionals looking to hone their humor skills
- Anyone who wants to be consistently funnier
- Those who want to overcome a fear of public speaking
- Those interested in stand up comedy
- Those who want to fastrack the often lenghty learning process involved in Standup Comedy
- Those who want to learn a new skill
- Students looking to stand out from their peers through comedy
- Anyone regularly making presentations
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.
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 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.