Public Speaking Skills:
Humor Delivery Tips
(if you ignore these public speaking skills you can start passing out
the pillows and blankets)
* Don't EVER repeat a punch line! Once the surprise is revealed,
the joke is history. I'll repeat this one more time, I don't want to
hear you repeating any punch lines. Let me repeat. Don't EVER repeat
a punch line. Don't EVER repeat a punch line. NEVER repeat a punch line.
You'll be shot by the humor firing squad if you repeat a punch line.
OK. I'll let you repeat one, but only under certain circumstances. Here's
the exception to the rule. At a later time in your speech, if you had
a joke or punch line that bombed miserably, you can call it back to
make fun of
yourself. Laughing at yourself is also part of your public speaking
* Don't signal your punch line. If the humor in your punch line
depends upon the words ruptured camel, don't say the following: Did
you hear the one about the ruptured camel? Conventional habits or practices
should not be part of your public speaking skills.
* You must absolutely, positively memorize your punch line. You
should be able to awaken out of a deep sleep in an earthquake and,
without hesitation, deliver your punch line accurately. Give all the
facts necessary for the joke to make sense. The humor is lost if you
leave out the necessary details. Knowing how to properly tell a joke
is also part of your public speaking skills.
* Use the fewest words possible to get to the punch line. Brevity
is truly the soul of wit (never use a worn out cliché either).
longer the joke, the funnier it must be.
* NEVER, EVER explain your joke. If they don't understand, it's
your fault for telling the wrong joke to the wrong audience. The
hypnotist says, 'You're getting sleeeepy.' - putting the audience to
sleep is prohibited in your public speaking skills.
* Don't walk around too much when telling a joke or story. I walk,
but I stop when important points are being made and when I'm delivering
a punch line.
* If you use notes, highlight or mark upcoming jokes or stories so
they don't sneak up on you. They will need special emphasis.
* Practice! Practice! Practice! I tell a joke or story 30 to 50
times in practice before I use it in a presentation.
Having good public
speaking skills in this area involves hours and hours of practice before
you "Go Live" in
front of an audience, always be prepared to give your best.
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