The 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking Craig Valentine has a great way of introducing humor in your speech. He says you must “uncover” your humor, instead of trying to force it or tell a joke. I couldn’t agree more.
For example, when watching my humorous speech, “Driving Miss Mindy”, you will see that I am in a situation that was clearly not funny at the time. Not funny for me or anyone in the car that day. But after stepping aside from the incident, you can look back and laugh at the situation. In a sense, you’ve “uncovered” humor. In fact, you will probably find that most of your funniest moments are borne out of “tragedy”. If you want to see a great example of this, watch one of your favorite situation comedies on television. What makes you laugh? If you’re like me, you are finding the weird misfortunes being dealt to our protagonist friends, and we enjoy watching how they deal (or don’t deal) with the situation. Sort of like my story.
Think about the stories you like to tell at family gatherings or with friends. Uncover the humor and find a way to integrate that story into your next presentation. In the next post, you will hear how you can take any story and make it a metaphor for your speech…really. See you then!