Public Speaking Skills:
Odd Body Angles
Do you remember Steve Martin with his Walk like an Egyptian
routine? The main reason it was so funny was because of the strange
body angles he used. These moves might have been fine for Egyptian dancers,
but look absolutely ridiculous when used by stand up comics. I do a
routine where I do several sick looking Tai Chi moves. The audience
can't help but laugh at how funny I look, and getting the audience to
laugh is part of using your public speaking skills.
Charlie Chaplain used the duck footed stance with his arms at his
sides, but hands turned up. He also waddled along. Although, I
am not an advocate of using a mirror in training, this is one time you
can experiment in creating funny looking poses by thinking odd body
angles. You'll guarantee more laughs when using this technique with
your public speaking skills.
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