Public Speaking Skills:
To add some comedic quality to your public speaking engagements you
can make fake newspaper articles,headlines and book covers by using
your computer software and printer.
To mock up a newspaper article, simply find the column function
of your word processor and set the column width to approximate a real
newspaper. It does not matter that your are not holding up actual
newsprint because you could have simply cut the article from a
newspaper and had it photocopied. If you want to actually use a
real newspaper, you could go through a lengthy trial and error process
trying to shade a piece of laser paper to approximate the color
of your newspaper. I guess you could also find some actual newsprint
would feed through your printer. That might make a masterpiece of your
public speaking skills.
But making a "sketch" is sufficient. The easiest way is to
simply paste or tape your headline or article on one of the inside pages
of a real newspaper and then open the paper so you can read the paste
up, but the audience can not really see it.
Humorist and parody writer David Glickman gave me this really
funny idea . Using your public speaking skills you can create "mock
ups" that are not limited to just newspapers. He uses his color
inkjet printer to duplicate the
black box and yellow letters that are on the front of all the Dummies
series of books. He then pastes his new title over the one on an actual
Dummies book. The rest of the cover is so busy that people only focus
on the big black box. From a distance you can't even tell it is a mockup.
I just used this technique for a big cable company. The title
was, Digital Cable TV Maintenance and Installation for Dummies. It is
not too funny to you, but to the targeted audience it was hilarious.
You can also mock up fake telegrams and letters from well known
people who are not at your public speaking event.
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