Public Speaking Course:
Using a one-liner during your presentation means using a very short piece of
humor. One-liners are great and can be the best and quickest way to add humor as
well as being easy to deliver. If you are not sure about adding a lot of funny
material to your presentation, try practicing the use of one-liners when taking
your public speaking course.
Audiences like when you use one-liners so they can get a quick mental break from
the informative material. Keeping the audience alert is important to what you
use from your public speaking course. Also, if the audience is there to get high
levels of content, they don't feel you wasted their time with long stories and
A good source for one-liners is a small and inexpensive paperback called
'Today's Chuckle: 2500 Great One-Liners for Every Occasion' by Paul Harlan
Collins. There are 25 categories in all and I can't imagine a talk that wouldn't
benefit from one of these selections.
This book has categories such as "Affairs of State and Other Political
Indiscretions" where you might find the one-liner:
"Politicians are like polkas. They have different names, but they all sound
or the category 'Money and the Meaning of Life' where you would see truisms
"Prosperity is that period between the last installment and the next
You'll run across one-liners everywhere once you start looking for them, and
then you can add them to your growing list. You can also use two-liners. Another
great place to find funny one-liners is to search the internet. You will find a
lot of websites that cater to just placing jokes and one liners for your use.
Here are some of my favorites, just for fun:
Take my advice: I don't use it anyway.
He who smiles in a crisis has found someone to blame.
My mind works like lightning. One brilliant flash and it is gone.
Thanks to automatic teller machines you are always conveniently close to
Behind every successful person stands a bunch of amazed co-workers.
Computers can do complicated mathematical calculations in 1/100,000 second,
but the invoices still go out 10 days late.
My accountant is shy and retiring. He's $250,000 shy. That's why he's
How are you supposed to teach a kid what clockwise means when he's wearing a
digital GI Joe watch?