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Parody

The definition of a parody is a funny imitation of a person, event, song or serious piece of writing. The proper use of parodies are taught in my public speaking course. I have a lot of fun doing parodies in my presentations and getting the audience to participate too.

I usually do a parody of a recognizable song and change the words to be funny. I get the audience members to sing along with me by putting the words in their handouts or giving out a song sheet. (The song sheet method is great to because it keeps the whole segment hidden so I can surprise them.) I get the words to customize the song from my pre-program research and assemble them in a funny way.

You can take a common song everyone knows, like 'You are My Sunshine', change the words, and then sing it either by yourself or get the audience to sing along with you. Getting the audience singing along is a great way to interact and get them involved.

*Parody is usually protected from copyright infringement, but get competent legal advice before using this technique.

 
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