Public Speaking Course:
You will practice creating humor during your speech by exaggerating certain
things, while taking your public speaking course. Exaggeration is basically
providing a funny caricature with your words.
I did a speaking program for a large insurance company one time on
Secretaries Day. I was making a point about how busy secretaries always are and
"You're answering the telephone, the fax machine is ringing, you're
making copies, and you're filing every policy clear back to 1910."
Exaggerating the date back to 1910 was funny to them and definitely made the
point that they always had lots of work always piled up.
The key to using exaggeration is to inflate or deflate whatever you are
talking about so much that it is obviously an exaggeration. In the last example
you wouldn't want to use the year 1999 if you were doing the talk in 2000
because it is very likely that an insurance company would really be working on a
file for a year or more. That wouldn't be funny to them.
Of course, who am I to tell you what is funny. I spent two terms in the third
grade . . . Truman's and Eisenhower's. hahahahahahaa
Remember during your public speaking course you will learn to use
exaggeration to make your point and presentation memorable.