Public Speaking Course:
Humor Delivery Tips
(if you don't use these tips from my public speaking course, just pass out
the pillows and blankets at the start of your presentation, because your
audience is gonna need them)
- Do not EVER repeat a punch line! Once the punch line is revealed, the joke
is done. This bears repeating. Don't EVER repeat a punch line.
- OK, with that said, here's an exception to this rule. If you had a joke or
punch line that died a horrible death, you can call it back at a later time
to make fun of yourself. Being able to laugh at yourself is also part of
knowing what you learned in your public speaking course.
- Try not to signal your upcoming punch line. If the humor in your punch
line depends upon the words "running chicken", don't say the
following: "Did you hear the one about the running chicken? "
- It is absolutely crucial that you memorize your punch line flawlessly. You
should be able to awaken out of a deep sleep in the middle of a hurricane
and without hesitation, deliver your punch line accurately. Make sure to 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
another part to my public speaking course.
- Use the fewest words possible to get to your punch line. Brevity is truly
the soul of wit (never use a worn out cliché either). The longer the joke,
the funnier it needs to be.
- NEVER, EVER explain your joke. If the audience doesn't understand, it's
your fault for not telling the joke right or telling it to the wrong
- 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 to add extra emphasis.
- If you are using 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. using the skills learned in my
public speaking course 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.