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Getting humour right in public speaking

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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What is the difference between a presentation and public speaking?

A colleague of mine called me last week because he had received an invitation to be a guest speaker at a big social event. Although he had spoken in public before it had always been about work and normally about presenting a report of his project. As he started to prepare for the event he realised that he firstly didn’t know what he wanted to talk about and secondly that as this was an evening eve...
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