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Public Speaking workshop “How Do You Be Funny”

By | class, fear, psychology

This is an example of a public speaking workshop I presented recently, for administrators of a University. The University had a problem that needed to be addressed: engaging an audience of young adults in presentations for the University. Administrators needed assistance on how to run presentations more efficiently and how to introduce playfulness and comedy in their speaking engagements and presentations.

Duration: 2 hours

Public speaking Workshop “How do you be funny”

Quick Introduction (about me). How I started.

1) The power of knowing our names in a group workshop.

2) Dancing (changing roles as the leader).

3) Zip, Zap, Zop.

4) One, two, three, four…

5) Three line scenes.

6) Psychology of performance anxiety:

  •  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – REBT
  • Preference / Needs, ABC
  • Activating Event, Beliefs, Consequences
  • Behavioral portion: doing the opposite of what fears tell you.
  • Quick discussion on beta blockers.
  • Developing a sense of humor is developing the idea that we don’t need to be funny, you prefer to be funny(How to be a perfect non perfectionist, Albert Ellis https://youtu.be/u109sVn8zGA )

6) Technical aspects: voice projection, eye contact, microphone technique. Leading the audience. Playfulness (“Make them laugh”). Importance of memorizing a speech.

7) The power of improvising in public presentations.

8) Dada Monologue (free association).

9) Improvising (riffing), story of something embarrassing that happened to us or something funny.

10) Joke Writing.

Misdirection Jokes: “Comedy is dancing backwards”

(Listen to 1 song in Nick Thune’s Folk Hero)

Figurative vs Literal Meaning.

Elephant in the room (Nick Thune).

Comparison + Rule of threes, rant

Finding the absurd: Huge idea vs very small idea (for example: Personal Boundaries vs taking out the trash out).

Puns: Words that have different meanings and similar sound.

Ramen joke >>>>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB6Pg5qz6p (Minute 4’ 22”)

“There is nothing on the other side of fear” – Jamie Foxx

By | fear

Tim Ferriss: You are a very confident guy, how do you teach confidence to your kids? Because you are clearly a very confident guy.

Jamie Foxx: Yeah.

Tim Ferriss: Your grandmother was a very bold, very strong woman. How do you try to teach that to your kids?

Jamie Foxx: What you do with your kids is, what I ask my daughter is, what’s on the other side of fear? They go, uh? Meaning like, if I stood in the middle of this floor and I yelled [loudly] “AHHHHHHHH AHHHHHHHH!!!!!” what’s on the other side of that? or if I stood in the middle of the floor and I went [quietly] “ahhh”. What’s on the other side of that? Meaning that, either you do or you don’t, but there is no reward, you just be yourself, so I taught to them, what’s on the other side of fear? Nothing. People get nervous for no reason. Because nobody is going to come out and slap you or beat you up, you are just nervous. So why even have that? So that’s a building block that they can use not just in the entertainment business, because that’s the other thing, you don’t have to be an entertainer, but whatever you go into, whether you are a lawyer, a school teacher, or tech guy or girl, or whatever it is, there is nothing on the other side of it. So when people are nervous I say, what are you nervous about? There is nothing on the other side of fear. All of it is in our heads, when we talk about being fearful, being afraid, lack of assertiveness, of being aggressive, or being shy, is in your head, so not everyone is going to be super aggressive, but you can deal with a person’s fears, and if you start early, if they are a shy person, they won’t be as shy if you keep instilling those things [beliefs].