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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”)