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7 things comedians can teach you about public speaking

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Sometimes we just need to lighten up. This visualized article looks at how making your audience laugh can make your message stick. Who knows laughter better than comedians? Read below for tips.

See the full article on the SpeakerHub blog: https://speakerhub.com/blog/7-things-comedians-can-teach-you-about-public-speaking

See the original article “6 Things Comedians Can Teach You About Public Speaking”: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/articles/the-6-things-comedians-can-teach-you-about-public-speaking/

7 things comedians can teach you about public speaking

  1. 1. T H I N G S C O M E D I A N S C A N T E A C H Y O U A B O U T P U B L I C S P E A K I N G 7 ARTICLE BY MIKE MICHALOWICZ SUMMARIZED BY
  2. 2. C O M E D I A N S A R E T H E U L T I M A T E P U B L I C S P E A K E R S .
  3. 3. T h e y h a v e t o h o l d a n a u d i e n c e ' s a t t e n t i o n f o r a n h o u r o r m o r e . T h e y d o n ’ t g e t a b r e a k d u r i n g t h e i r t a l k s a n d t h e y d o n ’ t g e t t o l e a n o n t h e a u d i e n c e f o r Q & A .
  4. 4. Here are their secrets. Comedians know that the secret to keeping an audience engaged is following the commandments of powerful public speaking.
  5. 5. 1 . H U M B L I N G P E R S O N A L S T O R I E S
  6. 6. Comedians often open up their acts by sharing a humbling or even humiliating story. Not only is it funny, but it shows the audience that they are just a regular Joe. And regular Joes get support from the audience.
  7. 7. 2 . J U S T S A Y N O T O P O W E R P O I N T
  8. 8. Comedians know that the best pictures are the ones that you draw in people’s minds. Comedians use detailed descriptions, storytelling, body movement, voice tonality and props.
  9. 9. G E S T I C U L A T I O N 3 .
  10. 10. It is hard for people to see the minor expressions, so comedians make BIG movements. Every body movement and facial expression is exaggerated so even the person with the worst seats in the house can see it clearly.
  11. 11. 4 . L A U G H - C R Y - L A U G H .
  12. 12. Comedians know that engaged audiences need to have a release (laughter) and a recovery (a moment of calmness) before the next release (laughing again). It keeps them connected and opens them up for you to deliver your knowledge and lessons.
  13. 13. 5 . N O L E C T E R N
  14. 14. The lectern is nothing but a big fat crutch. Avoid it like the plague, unless you use it as a prop.
  15. 15. 6 . N O N O T E S
  16. 16. A great speech is a prepared speech. If you take your eyes off of your audience, they will take their eyes off you. And that creates a d i s a s t r o u s speaking situation.
  17. 17. 7 . T H E L O O P - B A C K
  18. 18. Comedians wrap up their routines by referencing some jokes from earlier on in their routine. In the closing of your speech, make sure your refer back to the core content they just learned.
  19. 19. ORIGINAL ARTICLE PUBLISHED BY OPEN FORUM MAY, 2012 GET MORE SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES: OPEN FORUM MIKE MICHALOWICZ PUBLISHED BY ARTICLE BY VISUALIZED BY SPEAKERHUB

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