How to be a funny speaker

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how to be a funny speaker

Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker by David Nihill

Public speaking can be terrifying. For David Nihill, the idea of standing in front of an audience was scarier than cliff jumping into a thorny pit of spiders and mothers-in-law. Without a parachute or advanced weaponry. Something had to change.

In what doesnt sound like the best plan ever, David decided to overcome his fears by pretending to be an accomplished comedian called Irish Dave for one full year, crashing as many comedy clubs, festivals and shows as possible. One part of the plan was at least logical: he was already Irish and already called Dave.

In one year, David went from being deathly afraid of public speaking to hosting a business conference, regularly performing stand-up comedy, and winning storytelling competitions in front of packed houses. He did it by learning from some of the best public speakers in the world: stand-up comedians.

Do You Talk Funny? shows how the key principles of stand-up comedy can be applied to your speaking engagements and presentations to make you funnier, more interesting, and better looking. (Or at least two of the three.) Whether you are preparing for a business presentation, giving a wedding toast, defending your thesis, raising money from investors, or simply want to take on something youre afraid of, this book will take you from sweaty to stage-ready.

Ten percent of the authors proceeds from this book will go to Arash Bayatmakou via Help Hope Live until he is fully back on his feet and thereafter to one of the many facing the same challenges after suffering a severe spinal cord injury.
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Workshop: How to Become a Better and Funnier Speaker with David Nihill @ Creative Live

How To Add Humor To Your Talks

I'm sure you know from your own experiences that laughter brings people together. Humor helps to defuse difficult situations. It makes you more likable. It reduces stress. I've even read research that says laughter makes our internal organs work better!

Whether preparing for a business presentation, giving a wedding toast, defending your thesis, or raising money from investors, remember one thing at your next public speaking engagement: Once you step on stage you are in show business. You will be. More and more people are finding financial success outside traditional companies. Sooner or later you need to self-market. To do this you need to tell your story and how you tell it makes all the difference. They want infotainment, not information. They want and expect information delivered with a punch line.

Within seconds, the audience is in hysterics of laughter and clapping loudly to show its appreciation … for his PowerPoint. You may be wondering why this has not happened to you. Lee is one of a growing number of comedians equally at home on a business stage. As the lines between information and entertainment blur, speakers like him are in high demand. Lee actually has sold out shows where people pay money to see him give PowerPoint presentations. Sounds strange, I know.

Show Me The Funny! 5 Steps To Quickly Becoming A Funnier Speaker

David Nihill: "Do You Talk Funny?" - Talks at Google

Did you know almost 75 percent of us suffer from some anxiety about public speaking? Research says so. If you are funny, be funny. If you are informal, be informal. There is no one right way to be a great speaker. Rather than a performance, think of it as sharing your ideas and experiences to help others. This was a big one for me.


  1. Luke O. says:

    A wise mentor once told me that there are a lot of women who call themselves funny in this business — but very few who really are.

  2. Leoncia S. says:

    Panels are usually emotionally traumatising for everyone involved, unless you have comedians involved or a speaker using their techniques.

  3. Edward S. says:

    6 Tips to Be a More Confident Speaker

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