Public Speaking Skills:
How to Make a Point with Humor
One of the old experts with great public speaking skills says that you should 'Tell em what you're gonna tell 'em. Tell 'em. Then tell 'em what you told 'em.' You can use a similar formula during your presentation when you want to make a point. You tell 'em the point, illustrate the point, then tell 'em the point again. This formula, however, can sometimes be boring and redundant if you don't spice it up a little. One way to do that is to use humor. Here's the formula used for these public speaking skills.
1. Make your point.
2. Illustrate your point (in our example below we're using a humorous
3. Restate your point.
Here's an example where your point is 'The Importance of Communication.'
1. First make your point. For example, accuracy and clear communication
2. Then illustrate this point. In this case use a humorous two-liner.
3. Then restate your point in a slightly different manner by saying,
When you use humor in a public setting . . . especially when you are
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