Humor is a great way to
engage your audience in
your speech.
Hi, my name is Akash and I’m a
professional speaker & author of
eight bestselling books
Hi, my name is Akash and I’m a
professional speaker & author of
eight bestselling books
Hi, my name is Akash and I’m a
professional speaker & author of
eight bestselling books
You can get FREE access to some
of...
Hi, my name is Akash and I’m a
professional speaker & author of
eight bestselling books
You can get FREE access to some
of...
Humor is a great way to
engage your audience in
your speech.
For example, in Sir Ken Robinson’s popular
TED talk, he makes the audience laugh an
average of once a minute.
1
CREATE AN
EXPECTATION,
1
CREATE AN
EXPECTATION,
THEN SUDDENLY
BREAK IT
A comment is humorous
when it creates an
expectation and then
suddenly breaks it.
A comment is humorous
when it creates an
expectation and then
suddenly breaks it.
We laugh when we are
surprised.
Ken Robinson is a master at creating
expectations and then breaking them.
Consider the following line:
Ken Robinson is a master at creating
expectations and then breaking them.
Consider the following line:

“If my wife is coo...
Ken Robinson is a master at creating
expectations and then breaking them.
Consider the following line:
The set-up = expect...
Ken Robinson is a master at creating
expectations and then breaking them.
Consider the following line:
The set-up = expect...
Ken Robinson is a master at creating
expectations and then breaking them.
Consider the following line:
The set-up = expect...
Ken Robinson is a master at creating
expectations and then breaking them.
Consider the following line:
The set-up = expect...
Ken Robinson is a master at creating
expectations and then breaking them.
Consider the following line:
The set-up = expect...
The shorter the punch line, the greater
the laugh.
The shorter the punch line, the greater
the laugh.
If Sir Ken had said, “If my wife is cooking a
meal at home, which is no...
2
USE
SELF-DEPRECATING
HUMOR
2
USE
SELF-DEPRECATING
HUMOR
Self-deprecating humor works because it shows that you’re
willing to poke fun at yourself.
2
USE
SELF-DEPRECATING
HUMOR
Self-deprecating humor works because it shows that you’re
willing to poke fun at yourself.
It...
Consider the following piece of selfdeprecating humor from Dan Pink’s TED
talk:
Consider the following piece of selfdeprecating humor from Dan Pink’s TED
talk:

“I never practiced law a day in my life;
Consider the following piece of selfdeprecating humor from Dan Pink’s TED
talk:

“I never practiced law a day in my life; ...
The lesson here is this:
The lesson here is this:
don’t be afraid to poke fun at
yourself on stage.
2
OVER
EXAGGERRATE
2
OVER
EXAGGERRATE

People laugh at obvious overexaggerations.
In his TED talk, Sir Ken also used over-exaggeration to
get a laugh from his audience. Consider how grossly he
over-exagge...
In his TED talk, Sir Ken also used over-exaggeration to
get a laugh from his audience. Consider how grossly he
over-exagge...
In his TED talk, Sir Ken also used over-exaggeration to
get a laugh from his audience. Consider how grossly he
over-exagge...
There are entire books devoted to humor, but I find
that the above three techniques are the ones from
which I generate the...
There are entire books devoted to humor, but I find
that the above three techniques are the ones from
which I generate the...
There are entire books devoted to humor, but I find
that the above three techniques are the ones from
which I generate the...
There are entire books devoted to humor, but I find
that the above three techniques are the ones from
which I generate the...
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this?
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It’s based on the
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How to Give a TED talk: What Ken Robinson, Dan Pink and Elizabeth Gilbert can Teach You about Humor in Public Speaking
How to Give a TED talk: What Ken Robinson, Dan Pink and Elizabeth Gilbert can Teach You about Humor in Public Speaking
How to Give a TED talk: What Ken Robinson, Dan Pink and Elizabeth Gilbert can Teach You about Humor in Public Speaking
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  1. 1. Humor is a great way to engage your audience in your speech.
  2. 2. Hi, my name is Akash and I’m a professional speaker & author of eight bestselling books
  3. 3. Hi, my name is Akash and I’m a professional speaker & author of eight bestselling books
  4. 4. Hi, my name is Akash and I’m a professional speaker & author of eight bestselling books You can get FREE access to some of my best stuff by clicking here
  5. 5. Hi, my name is Akash and I’m a professional speaker & author of eight bestselling books You can get FREE access to some of my best stuff by clicking here
  6. 6. Humor is a great way to engage your audience in your speech.
  7. 7. For example, in Sir Ken Robinson’s popular TED talk, he makes the audience laugh an average of once a minute.
  8. 8. 1 CREATE AN EXPECTATION,
  9. 9. 1 CREATE AN EXPECTATION, THEN SUDDENLY BREAK IT
  10. 10. A comment is humorous when it creates an expectation and then suddenly breaks it.
  11. 11. A comment is humorous when it creates an expectation and then suddenly breaks it. We laugh when we are surprised.
  12. 12. Ken Robinson is a master at creating expectations and then breaking them. Consider the following line:
  13. 13. Ken Robinson is a master at creating expectations and then breaking them. Consider the following line: “If my wife is cooking a meal at home, which is not often…
  14. 14. Ken Robinson is a master at creating expectations and then breaking them. Consider the following line: The set-up = expectation “If my wife is cooking a meal at home, which is not often…
  15. 15. Ken Robinson is a master at creating expectations and then breaking them. Consider the following line: The set-up = expectation Makes you expect he misses his wife’s cooking “If my wife is cooking a meal at home, which is not often…
  16. 16. Ken Robinson is a master at creating expectations and then breaking them. Consider the following line: The set-up = expectation Makes you expect he misses his wife’s cooking “If my wife is cooking a meal at home, which is not often… thankfully.” (audience laughter)
  17. 17. Ken Robinson is a master at creating expectations and then breaking them. Consider the following line: The set-up = expectation Makes you expect he misses his wife’s cooking “If my wife is cooking a meal at home, which is not often… thankfully.” (audience laughter) Punch-line/word = breaks expectation
  18. 18. Ken Robinson is a master at creating expectations and then breaking them. Consider the following line: The set-up = expectation Makes you expect he misses his wife’s cooking “If my wife is cooking a meal at home, which is not often… thankfully.” (audience laughter) Punch-line/word = breaks expectation Makes you realize he is grateful his wife doesn’t cook (opposite of expectation = laughter!)
  19. 19. The shorter the punch line, the greater the laugh.
  20. 20. The shorter the punch line, the greater the laugh. If Sir Ken had said, “If my wife is cooking a meal at home, which is not often, and I’m thankful about that,” the comment wouldn’t have been as funny.
  21. 21. 2 USE SELF-DEPRECATING HUMOR
  22. 22. 2 USE SELF-DEPRECATING HUMOR Self-deprecating humor works because it shows that you’re willing to poke fun at yourself.
  23. 23. 2 USE SELF-DEPRECATING HUMOR Self-deprecating humor works because it shows that you’re willing to poke fun at yourself. It gives the audience permission to have fun because you’ re having fun by making fun of yourself.
  24. 24. Consider the following piece of selfdeprecating humor from Dan Pink’s TED talk:
  25. 25. Consider the following piece of selfdeprecating humor from Dan Pink’s TED talk: “I never practiced law a day in my life;
  26. 26. Consider the following piece of selfdeprecating humor from Dan Pink’s TED talk: “I never practiced law a day in my life; I pretty much wasn’t allowed to.”(audience laughter)
  27. 27. The lesson here is this:
  28. 28. The lesson here is this: don’t be afraid to poke fun at yourself on stage.
  29. 29. 2 OVER EXAGGERRATE
  30. 30. 2 OVER EXAGGERRATE People laugh at obvious overexaggerations.
  31. 31. In his TED talk, Sir Ken also used over-exaggeration to get a laugh from his audience. Consider how grossly he over-exaggerates his wife’s ability to multi-task:
  32. 32. In his TED talk, Sir Ken also used over-exaggeration to get a laugh from his audience. Consider how grossly he over-exaggerates his wife’s ability to multi-task: “If she’s cooking, you know, she’s dealing with people on the phone, she’s talking to the kids, she’s painting the ceiling,
  33. 33. In his TED talk, Sir Ken also used over-exaggeration to get a laugh from his audience. Consider how grossly he over-exaggerates his wife’s ability to multi-task: “If she’s cooking, you know, she’s dealing with people on the phone, she’s talking to the kids, she’s painting the ceiling, she’s doing open-heart surgery over here” (audience laughter)
  34. 34. There are entire books devoted to humor, but I find that the above three techniques are the ones from which I generate the bulk of laughs.
  35. 35. There are entire books devoted to humor, but I find that the above three techniques are the ones from which I generate the bulk of laughs. • CREATE AN EXPECTATION, THEN SUDDENLY BREAK IT
  36. 36. There are entire books devoted to humor, but I find that the above three techniques are the ones from which I generate the bulk of laughs. • CREATE AN EXPECTATION, THEN SUDDENLY BREAK IT • USE SELF-DEPRECATING HUMOR
  37. 37. There are entire books devoted to humor, but I find that the above three techniques are the ones from which I generate the bulk of laughs. • CREATE AN EXPECTATION, THEN SUDDENLY BREAK IT • USE SELF-DEPRECATING HUMOR • OVER EXAGGERRATE
  38. 38. You enjoyed this?
  39. 39. You enjoyed this? It’s based on the bestselling 2-in-1 book bundle, “How to Give a TED Talk”
  40. 40. You enjoyed this? Available on Amazon (Click the picture)
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