Humorously Speaking

Every speaker benefits from using humour. Learn how to begin a speech with a humorous story to get listeners’ attention, end a speech with a humorous story, use humorous stories and anecdotes throughout the body of your speech to emphasize points, incorporate jokes into presentations, and prepare and present an entirely humorous speech.

1. Warm Up Your Audience

Time: 5-7 minutes
Objectives:
  • Prepare a speech that opens with a humorous story.
  • Personalize the story.
  • Deliver the story smoothly and effectively.

2. Leave Them With A Smile

Time: 5 – 7 minutes
Objectives:
  • Prepare a serious speech that opens and closes with humorous stories.
  • Prepare a closing story that reemphasizes the speech’s main point.
  • Deliver the stories smoothly and effectively.

3. Make Them Laugh

Time: 5 – 7 minutes
Objectives:
  • Prepare a speech that opens and closes with humorous stories.
  • Include jokes in the speech body to illustrate points or maintain audience interest.
  • Deliver the jokes and stories smoothly and effectively.

4. Keep Them Laughing

Time: 5-7 minutes
Objectives:
  • Prepare a speech that opens with a self-depreciating joke.
  • String together two or three related jokes in the speech body.
  • Close the speech with a humorous story.

5. The Humorous Speech

Time: 4-6 minutes, plus 3-5 minutes for Q&A
Objectives:
  • Use exaggeration to tell a humorous story.
  • Entertain the audience.
  • Effectively use body language and voice to enhance the story.