Public Speaking Skills:
Fake Facts and Statistics
Another fun way to play with the audience during a public speaking engagement is to state falsehoods as if they are absolutely true. Can you imagine some falsehoods that you might incorporate into your public speaking skills?
Most likely yes, but you must make the statements obviously false by your words and your facial expressions.
When stating false information, you don't want to leave any doubt in the audience's mind whether you are being funny or not. These public speaking skills allow you to control the impression received.
A deadpan expression, or keeping a straight face, is a good technique to use when you use fake facts and statistics. Also, you should really, really sound like you are trying to convince the audience that what your saying is true. This overemphasis on the sound of truth also tells the audience you are lying.
One time I was doing a Secretaries Day function. I used an extremely serious voice when I told them that scientific studies had been conducted indicating that the only reason executives became executives was because they couldn't make it as secretaries. They loved it. Having the audience love you is one of the rewards of using your public speaking skills.
Another good technique to build up your joke is to use official sounding sources for the information. 'A study done for the Alaskan Pipeline Workers Union indicated that 97.2 percent of Alaskan Pipeline Workers wear No Nonsense panty hose.'
When using this type of humor for your public speaking skills, it is better to use 'exact numbers' which adds an extra comic emphasis.
Copyright © 1998 - 2005