January 29, 2015

Right and wrong

Fellow speaker,

World Champion Craig Valentine suggests creating humor by pointing out the right and wrong way to do something. Say the right way first, then say the wrong way making it sound ridiculous or silly when compared to the right way.

Suddenly funny,

Tim Wilson
Professional Speech Coach
Free speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
Twitter: @PblcSpkngLibr

January 28, 2015

Funny check-up

Fellow speaker,

World Champion Craig Valentine suggests looking at these common issues and solutions if your humor isn't working with your audiences:
  1. You rushed the line - don’t be afraid of your own line, give it deliberately with confidence and certainty
  2. Audience doesn't understand the line (especially international audiences) - make the line very clear, leaving out jargon and explaining what is going on
  3. Delivered without a strong facial expression - practice your facial expressions so they are dramatic and instantly show the emotion/feeling you want the audience to get
  4. Not a funny line (provided) you have thoroughly tested it and there is no indication anyone finds your line funny) - give up on that line and get a new one
Tuning in the funny,

Tim Wilson
Professional Speech Coach
Free speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
Twitter: @PblcSpkngLibr

January 27, 2015

Look before the line

Fellow speaker,

World Champion Craig Valentine suggests looking for "hitchhiking humor": opportunities to find the funny before your main punch line. This requires being very sensitive to both the flow of your speech and to the audience's probably reactions to your lines.

Suddenly funny,

Tim Wilson
Professional Speech Coach
Free speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
Twitter: @PblcSpkngLibr