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Types of humor - public speaking skills - Manu Melwin Joy

Self – effacing humor
Personal anecdotes
Similes / metaphors
One liners

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Types of humor - public speaking skills - Manu Melwin Joy

  1. 1. Types of Humor Public Speaking Skills
  2. 2. Prepared By TM Manu Melwin Joy Kerala Toastmasters Area – G3,Division G District 92, India. Phone – 9744551114 Mail – Kindly restrict the use of slides for personal purpose. Please seek permission to reproduce the same in public forms and presentations.
  3. 3. Types of humor 1. Self – effacing humor 2. Personal anecdotes 3. Similes / metaphors 4. Quotations 5. Lists 6. Predictions 7. One liners
  4. 4. Types of Humor • What do you think of when you think of humor? I’m guessing that you think of jokes. Most of us do and when speakers start using humor in their speeches, they add jokes.
  5. 5. Types of Humor • They give a bit of their speech, then tell a joke, then another bit of their speech, then another joke… and that’s what the result sounds like… speech. joke, speech, joke….
  6. 6. Types of Humor • Forget jokes, look for humor that adds to your speech, makes a point or illustrates something you’re saying.
  7. 7. Types of Humor Self – effacing humor • if you want to have a little fun at someone’s expense, make sure it’s at yours. As the speaker you should be big enough to take a little ribbing and the audience will admire you for it.
  8. 8. Types of Humor Personal anecdotes • we’ve all had humorous experiences or heard people say funny things, so weave them into your speeches.
  9. 9. Types of Humor Personal anecdotes • Audiences are more likely to warm to amusing anecdotes and observations that draw on your own experiences. These stories tend to feel more real, less forced and give your audience opportunities to connect with you as a speaker.
  10. 10. Types of Humor Similes / metaphors • Similies and metaphors are a great source of humour on any subject you can think of.
  11. 11. Types of Humor Similes / metaphors • “Life is rather like a tin of sardines – we’re all of us looking for the key.” Alan Bennett
  12. 12. Types of Humor Quotations • Funny quotes are the No. 1 best way to use humor in a presentation because funny quotes are brief, and you can easily memorize several quotes that you can toss out when you think it's time for some humor.
  13. 13. Types of Humor Quotations • Plus, when you quote someone else, you're somewhat in safe territory because if it bombs, it was that other person that actually said it, not you, so you gain some distance there. But if the quote gets a great reaction, then you get the credit for making them laugh.
  14. 14. Types of Humor Quotations • There are huge volumes of quotations out there just waiting to be used to illustrate your points and add humour to your speeches.
  15. 15. Types of Humor Quotations • I’m a kind of paranoiac in reverse – I suspect people are plotting to make me happy.” J.D. Salinger
  16. 16. Types of Humor Lists • Whenever you use a list of at least three items you can inject a little humor. The first few items follow a pattern and the final item catches the audience by surprise.
  17. 17. Types of Humor Lists • It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and the prudence never to practice either of them.” Mark Twain
  18. 18. Types of Humor Predictions • The pronouncements of experts have left us with a wealth of funny material.
  19. 19. Types of Humor Predictions • “Computers in the future will weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” Popular Mechanics, forecasting advance of science, 1949
  20. 20. Types of Humor One liners • I know I’ve told you not to tell jokes, but one liners are short enough not to interupt the flow of your speech.
  21. 21. Types of Humor One liners • “Start every day with a smile… and get it over with.” W.C. Fields
  22. 22. Types of Humor Props • Think about your topic and if there are any props you could use to lighten things up and inject some humor in your speech.
  23. 23. Types of Humor Props • I once saw a presenter give a talk about how to deal with problems, and he had a couple of stuffed animals on stage with him - one was a guppy to represent small problems and the other was a whale to represent big problems. Whenever he talked about a big problem and held up the whale, the group would laugh.
  24. 24. Types of Humor Cartoons • If you're using an overhead projector or a PowerPoint presentation, it's very easy to insert a funny one-panel cartoon into your presentation. The funniest cartoons will be ones that have something to do with the topic of your presentation.
  25. 25. Types of Humor Pun Puns are words with different meaning.
  26. 26. Types of Humor Stereotypes Stereotype is a widely held and oversimplified belief.
  27. 27. Types of Humor Changing context • Change the setting, or meaning with surrounding words.