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Getting humour right in public speaking

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I have just attended an event where the key note speech was marred by the speaker’s attempt to be funny by choosing to tell two very old jokes, so old they managed to be both racist and sexist.  The lack lustre clapping at the end proved it wasn’t just me who found the humour cringe making. When you first make a presentation of any type, or speech of any sort, people will often tell you to avoi...
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Beginning at the end

Whenever I deliver training programmes it's always lovely to be invited back to the organisation to see how the participants have put the learning from our workshop into practice. Last week I revisited a group who had attended a ‘Putting A Presentation Together’ workshop earlier in the year. The purpose of my visit was to observe their presentations, offer feedback and  discuss with them how their...
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The art of delivering humour

When you are first making a presentation  or speech people may tell you to avoid humour because it is difficult to do.  With some, such as after dinner speeches, that is tricky because there is an  expectation that you will be both entertaining and amusing.  So, let’s look at dispelling the myth of ‘it’s too hard to do well’ and concentrate on some techniques to help you be as funny as you want to...
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