Do You Talk Funny?

7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker

Author: David Nihill

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1942952287

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 5895

Public speaking can be terrifying. For David Nihill, the idea of standing in front of an audience was scarier than cliff jumping into a thorny pit of spiders and mothers-in-law. Without a parachute or advanced weaponry. Something had to change. In what doesn’t sound like the best plan ever, David decided to overcome his fears by pretending to be an accomplished comedian called "Irish Dave" for one full year, crashing as many comedy clubs, festivals, and shows as possible. One part of the plan was at least logical: he was already Irish and already called Dave. In one year, David went from being deathly afraid of public speaking to hosting a business conference, regularly performing stand-up comedy and winning storytelling competitions in front of packed houses. And he did it by learning from some of the best public speakers in the world: stand-up comedians. Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker shows how the key principles of stand-up comedy can be applied to your speaking engagements and presentations to make you funnier, more interesting, and better looking. (Or at least two of the three.) Whether you are preparing for a business presentation, giving a wedding toast, defending your thesis, raising money from investors, or simply want to take on something you're afraid of, this book will take you from sweaty to stage-ready. You’ll learn how to: - Craft a story and content that your audience will want to listen to - Find the funniest parts of your material and how to get to them faster - Deal with stage fright - Master the two most important parts of your performance: timing and delivery Ten percent of the author's proceeds from this book will go to Arash Bayatmakou via Help Hope Live until he is fully back on his feet and thereafter to one of the many facing the same challenges after suffering a severe spinal cord injury.

Do You Talk Funny?

7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker

Author: David Nihill

Publisher: Benbella Books

ISBN: 9781942952275

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 196

View: 8236

Public speaking can be terrifying. For David Nihill, the idea of standing in front of an audience was scarier than cliff jumping into a thorny pit of spiders and mothers-in-law. Without a parachute or advanced weaponry. Something had to change. In one year, Nihill went from being deathly afraid of public speaking to regularly performing stand-up comedy and winning storytelling competitions in front of packed houses. And he did it by learning from some of the best storytellers in the world: standup comics. Do You Talk Funny? shows how the key principles of standup comedy can be applied to your speaking engagements and presentations to make you funnier, more interesting, and better looking. (Or at least two of the three.) Nihill takes the 80/20 principle and Tim Ferriss’ meta learning, and applies it to the art of public speaking. He breaks down the practices of standup comedians in order to offer readers step-by-step instructions on how to be more memorable, engaging, and effective. You’ll learn how to: Craft a story that your audience will want to listen to Find the funniest parts of your material and how to get to them faster Deal with stage fright Master the two most important parts of your performance: timing and delivery Whether you are preparing for a business presentation, giving a wedding toast, defending your thesis, raising money from investors, or simply want to take on something you're afraid of, this book will take you from sweaty to stage-ready. Ten percent of the author's proceeds from this book will go to Arash Bayatmakou viaHelp Hope Live until he is fully back on his feet. Thereafter, 10 percent of the proceeds will go to one of the many facing the same challenges after suffering a severe spinal cord injury.

Do You Talk Funny?

7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker

Author: David Nihill

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781505819298

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 156

View: 2527

Public speaking can be terrifying. For David Nihill, the idea of standing in front of an audience was scarier than cliff jumping into a thorny pit of spiders and mother-in-laws. Without a parachute or advanced weaponry. Something had to change. In one year, David went from being deathly afraid of public speaking to regularly performing stand-up comedy and winning storytelling competitions in front of packed houses. And he did it by learning from some of the best storytellers in the world: standup comics. In Do You Talk Funny, you will learn the key principles of standup comedy and how they can be applied to your speaking engagements and presentations to make you funnier, more interesting, and better looking. (Or at least two of the three.) Whether you are preparing for a business presentation, giving a wedding toast, defending your thesis, raising money from investors, or simply want to take on something you're afraid of, this book will take you from sweaty to stage-ready.

How to Be Funny

The One and Only Practical Guide for Every Occasion, Situation, and Disaster (no kidding)

Author: Jon Macks

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451603477

Category: Humor

Page: 192

View: 7705

An invaluable guide on how to "lighten up" from a distinguished pro who has provided laughs for JAY LENO, BILLY CRYSTAL, STEVE MARTIN, ROBIN WILLIAMS, BRAD GARRETT, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, AND MANY MORE. Who hasn't wished for the perfect withering comeback line, a clever tension-breaking quip, or a winning flirtatious remark? Being funny is hard work and not everyone is a natural. How to Be Funny is a witty guide that teaches readers precisely how to be funnier in everyday life. It's a must-read for anyone who has to speak in public, be engaging and funny at work or at play, or who hopes to one day go out on a date. Jon Macks, a comedy writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards, Hollywood Squares, and the nation's top comedians, politicians, and corporate leaders, knows his funny business. Here he demystifies the process of making people laugh, breaks down the basic building blocks and types of humor -- which include self-deprecation, misdirection, deadpan delivery, sarcasm, and "the reverse" -- and reveals the best approaches to use in common situations. How to Be Funny features helpful (and hilarious) tips and anecdotes from the comic legends Mack's worked with -- including Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall, Gilbert Gottfried, Billy Crystal, Rita Rudner, Dave Barry, and Carrie Fisher -- in his eleven years as one of the nation's top television writers. Whether the goal is to give a memorable public address or deliver a killer line with friends, How to Be Funny is a charming, instructive, and practical read.

Secrets of successful speakers

how you can motivate, captivate, and persuade

Author: Lillet Walters

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies

ISBN: 9780070680333

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 216

View: 2838

You've seen them in action, and chances are you've admired them. They're professional speakers who grab the interest and attention of an audience with their very first words ... who put magic and motivation into every talk they give - no matter what the subject ... who command five-figure speaking fees. Now you can learn the secrets of their persuasive and motivational presentations in just 11 easy steps - with the help of this exciting new book! Lilly Walters, executive director of the world-renowned Walters International Speakers Bureau, has combined her expertise with more than 60 of the top speakers in the world - Masters of the Spoken Word - to teach you the same techniques that are used by many of today's most sought-after professional and celebrity speakers. These techniques can usually be learned - if at all - only in expensive courses costing thousands of dollars. Utilizing many highly interactive exercises that are designed to teach specific skills and build confidence, Secrets of Successful Speakers takes you step by step through every facet of successful public speaking. You'll learn to find "the seed" in every speech that's guaranteed to motivate, captivate, and persuade the audience; conquer stage fright with the help of tips and anecdotes from the pros (who once suffered from it, too!); customize different talks for different audiences by analyzing their needs, desires, and listening modes; make your presentation memorable by developing a theme, organizing your material succinctly, and keeping your message simple; project a professional "platform image" through personality, voice, and clothes; motivate audiences to change their actions and attitudes; involve listeners byusing everything from humor to eye contact and from empathy to audience participation exercises; and deal smoothly with problems and pitfalls ranging from hecklers ... to faulty audiovisual equipment ... to poor staging. Filled with hundreds of helpful hints and amusing anecdotes from such well-known personalities and successful public speakers as Tony Robbins, Steve Allen, Letitia Baldridge, Jack Anderson, Dr. Ken Blanchard, and Philip Crosby, Secrets of Successful Speakers provides all the insights, information, training, and techniques you need to master the art of giving persuasive, captivating, and memorable presentations.

The Humor Code

A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny

Author: Peter McGraw,Joel Warner

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451665415

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 2850

Part road-trip comedy and part social science experiment, a scientist and a journalist travel the globe to discover the secret behind what makes things funny, questioning countless experts, including Louis C.K., along the way.

Confessions of a Public Speaker

Author: Scott Berkun

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1449388701

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

View: 1468

In this hilarious and highly practical book, author and professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do, and shows how anyone can learn to use them well. For managers and teachers -- and anyone else who talks and expects someone to listen -- Confessions of a Public Speaker provides an insider's perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone. It's a unique, entertaining, and instructional romp through the embarrassments and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 years of speaking to crowds of all sizes. With lively lessons and surprising confessions, you'll get new insights into the art of persuasion -- as well as teaching, learning, and performance -- directly from a master of the trade. Highlights include: Berkun's hard-won and simple philosophy, culled from years of lectures, teaching courses, and hours of appearances on NPR, MSNBC, and CNBC Practical advice, including how to work a tough room, the science of not boring people, how to survive the attack of the butterflies, and what to do when things go wrong The inside scoop on who earns $30,000 for a one-hour lecture and why The worst -- and funniest -- disaster stories you've ever heard (plus countermoves you can use) Filled with humorous and illuminating stories of thrilling performances and real-life disasters, Confessions of a Public Speaker is inspirational, devastatingly honest, and a blast to read.

The Message of You

Turn Your Life Story Into a Money-Making Speaking Career

Author: Judy Carter

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250007100

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 1023

A step-by-step handbook for becoming a paid motivational speaker coaches readers on how to identify extraordinary stories from their own lives and build skills to captivate and inspire audiences.

How to Be Funny

Discovering the Comic in You

Author: Steve Allen

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1616140313

Category: Humor

Page: N.A

View: 3794

No one knows more about comedy than Steve Allen. For more than five decades as a writer, performer, and keen observer of the social scene, he has looked into every aspect of who's funny, what's funny, and why. Allen shares his discoveries in How to Be Funny, the book designed to help everyone develop their special talent for funniness.Now reissued in paperback, How to Be Funny covers all the basics, including joke telling, ad-libbing, writing humorously, performing comedy, emceeing, and much more. Allen takes you inside the world of comedy, from the early writings of Mark Twain, to the more contemporary work of Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Maher. Allen even provides homework assignments for the budding comic!Yet How to Be Funny is far more than just a book for aspiring comedians it will help anyone who wants to be a more amusing conversationalist, a more effective public speaker, and everyone who just wants to be the life of the party.Steve Allen (Los Angeles, CA) is the creator of the Tonight Show and PBS's award-winning program Meeting of the Minds. He is the author of many books on a wide range of topics for both children and adults. Jane Wollman (New York, NY) is a journalist who has written regularly for The New York Times, Newsday, and USA Today.

Mastering Stand-Up

The Complete Guide to Becoming a Successful Comedian

Author: Stephen Rosenfield

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613736959

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 2258

Stephen Rosenfield, founder and director of the American Comedy Institute, the premier comedy school in the United States, has taught literally dozens of major standup comics in North America, and has also pioneered comedy as an academic discipline in many universities, a trend that is rapidly spreading. Mastering Stand-Up draws on Rosenfield's own extensive experience (and those of countless stars like Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Rodney Dangerfield, Louis C.K., Steve Martin, Roseanne, and Johnny Carson) to show the reader—and would-be comic—what works, what doesn't, and why. Forty sharply written chapters cover every conceivable angle of the joke and how to tell it. There are a number of books on comedy and how to do it, but none has the breadth and authority Rosenfield brings to his theme. It's not for nothing that the New York Times has described him as "probably the best-known comedy teacher in the country." Rosenfield's book is sure to become the classic text on its subject. And it should help thousands who long to make others laugh to realize their fondest hopes.

The Importance of Being Funny

Why We Need More Jokes in Our Lives

Author: Al Gini

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442281774

Category: Humor

Page: 168

View: 3100

When E. B. White said “analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog; few people are interested and the frog dies,” he hadn’t seen Al Gini’s hilarious, incisive, and informative take on jokes, joke-telling, and the jokers who tell jokes. For Gini, humor is more than just foolish fun: it serves as a safety valve for dealing with reality that gives us the courage to endure that which we cannot understand or avoid. Not everyone tells jokes. Not everyone gets a joke, even a good one. But, Gini argues, joke-telling can act as both a sword and a shield to defend us from reality. As the late, great stand-up comic Joan Rivers put it: ‘If you can laugh at it, you can live with it!’ This book is for anyone who enjoys a good laugh, but also wants to know why.

Awkward Family Holiday Photos

Author: Mike Bender,Doug Chernack

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

ISBN: 0307888142

Category: Humor

Page: 208

View: 7524

From the authors of the New York Times bestsellers Awkward Family Photos and Awkward Family Pet Photos comes a celebration of those special times throughout the year when our families embarrass us the most . . . the holidays. Holidays. They’re those momentous occasions when we gather with family to eat, drink, celebrate, and, of course, pose for photographs. From Mom’s homemade Halloween costumes to re-creating a Nativity scene for the Christmas card to that overly patriotic uncle who literally wears the flag on the Fourth, holidays make for humiliating memories that we carry in our hearts for years to come. Whether your family loves Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, July Fourth, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukkah, this book pays homage to all of the holidays’ most uncomfortable moments.

How to Be Brilliant at Public Speaking 2e

Learn the six qualities of an inspiring speaker - step by step

Author: Sarah Lloyd-Hughes

Publisher: Pearson UK

ISBN: 1292087994

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

View: 5958

Speaking in public can be fun – honestly! Whatever the occasion, whatever the content, whatever the situation, this book will teach you everything you need to know to plan, prepare and deliver any speech or presentation and will give you the skills to deliver it with style, wit, charm and confidence. Discover expert tips, tricks, tools and techniques that will help you build on skills and abilities you already have so you can stand up in front of any audience and really wow them. Whether you’re looking for help in overcoming your fears and building your confidence, or whether you’re already quite good and want to polish your performance, this book will help you. Anyone can learn to speak in public. This book will show you how even you can do it brilliantly.

Speak to Win

How to Present with Power in Any Situation

Author: Brian Tracy

Publisher: AMACOM

ISBN: 0814401821

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 3202

The ability to speak with confidence and deliver winning presentations can accelerate your career, earn people's great respect, and enable you to achieve your greatest-even most impossible-seeming goals. But what many people don't realize is that anyone can learn to be a great speaker, just as easily as they can learn to drive a car or ride a bike! As one of the world's premier speakers and personal success experts, Brian Tracy is the ideal instructor. In Speak to Win, Tracy reveals time-tested tricks of the trade that readers can use to present powerfully and speak persuasively, whether in an informal meeting or in front of a large audience. Readers will learn how to: * become confident, positive, and relaxed in front of any audience * grab people's attention from the start * use body language, props, and vocal techniques to keep listeners engaged * transition smoothly from one point to the next * use humor, stories, quotes, and questions skillfully * deal with skepticism when presenting new ideas * wrap up strongly and persuasively Brimming with unbeatable strategies for winning people over every time, Tracy lets readers in on his most powerful presentation secrets in this indispensable, life-changing guide.

What to Say When. . .You're Dying on the Platform: A Complete Resource for Speakers, Trainers, and Executives

Author: Lilly Walters

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780070680395

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 271

View: 3234

Provides information needed to organize, write, and deliver effective, entertaining speeches, from installations to toasts and roasts. This book pinpoints possible speaking contingencies, from failed electricity to a bored audience, and for each one tells how to prevent it, what to do about it, and what to say about it.

The Hidden Tools of Comedy

The Serious Business of Being Funny

Author: Steve Kaplan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781615931408

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

View: 8938

While other books give you tips on how to “write funny,” this book offers a paradigm shift in understanding the mechanics and art of comedy, and the proven, practical tools that help writers translate that understanding into successful, commercial scripts. The Hidden Tools of Comedy unlocks the unique secrets and techniques of writing comedy. Kaplan deconstructs sequences in popular films and TV that work and don’t work, and explains what tools were used (or should have been used).

Start You Up

Rock Star Secrets to Unleash Your Personal Brand and Set Your Career on Fire

Author: Steve Jones

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group

ISBN: 1626340706

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 8689

Turn yourself “up to eleven” with Steve Jones’s unique take on personal branding. Steve Jones, music industry insider and author of Brand Like a Rock Star, once again takes readers on a trip through rock history to reveal often-overlooked lessons on personal branding. The stories Jones has to tell--how a drummer reinvented his instrument when he lost his arm, why Nikki Sixx’s lifestyle killed him and brought him back, how the forces that nearly tore Fleetwood Mac apart actually made their music better--provide the colorful backdrop for the critical lessons on building a high-power personal brand. The book is comprised of five sections that outline the “Five Ps of Personal Branding”--the building blocks for a personal brand: • Positioning--discovering the reader’s unique story • Presentation--laying a framework for communicating personal brands • Passion--how to turn a love into a life’s work • Purpose--crafting a personal brand to make the most impact • Profits--generating a profit, emotionally or fiscally, through personal branding No matter what stage a career is in, success today in any field requires a rock star personal brand. Start You Up will set readers on the path to the goals they’ve always had--and ones they didn’t know were attainable.

Spontaneous Comedy

How to Be Funny on the Fly

Author: Michael Chain

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781517045609

Category:

Page: 88

View: 568

Spontaneous Comedy is all about being able to be funny on the fly and Michael Chain will show you how to do it. Why be the guy who laments "I wish I'd said that!" when you could be the one who says it. Don't let the bully at the beach kick sand in your face. Drop him with a solid punchline. Comedy is a skill that can be learned, developed, and mastered just like public speaking or pickpocketing. Open this book and enter the wonderful world of Spontaneous Comedy. Whether you're an actor, writer, comic, or solar panel salesman, this book will get you where you want to go and it'll be a fun trip. Remember, everybody loves a clown, unless the clown is John Wayne Gacy.

Scared Speechless

9 Ways to Overcome Your Fears and Captivate Your Audience

Author: Steve Rohr,Shirley Impellizzeri

Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser

ISBN: 1632659565

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 1325

Scared Speechless is coauthored by talent rep and 2015 Oscar® publicist Steve Rohr and Dr. Shirley Impellizzeri, a clinical psychologist who has appeared on The Doctors, Hollywood Exes, Workout, and Dr. Drew. It really is true: What you say and how you say it speaks volumes about your professional promise and leadership potential. Whether it’s giving an impromptu sales pitch or keynoting a major business conference, public speaking can make you or break you. Scared Speechless takes a powerful and unique approach that sets it apart from other public-speaking guides. For the first time ever, the psychology behind our fears is used to explain and tame our anxiety. That’s the science. Combine it with the art of organizing and delivering a spectacular speech, and you have the freshest, most entertaining, and effective public speaking book available. This easy-to-use book contains: Funny, accessible, and practical wisdom you can start using immediately. Real-world examples and humorous anecdotes. Advice that applies to every kind of speech in every kind of setting to every kind of audience. Believe it or not, many screen legends still fear public speaking. Just because you’ve won an Oscar® doesn’t make you immune to the jitters!

Dad Is Fat

Author: Jim Gaffigan

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 0385349068

Category: Humor

Page: 288

View: 5885

Jim Gaffigan never imagined he would have his own kids. Though he grew up in a large Irish-Catholic family, Jim was satisfied with the nomadic, nocturnal life of a standup comedian, and was content to be "that weird uncle who lives in an apartment by himself in New York that everyone in the family speculates about." But all that changed when he married and found out his wife, Jeannie "is someone who gets pregnant looking at babies." Five kids later, the comedian whose riffs on everything from Hot Pockets to Jesus have scored millions of hits on YouTube, started to tweet about the mistakes and victories of his life as a dad. Those tweets struck such a chord that he soon passed the million followers mark. But it turns out 140 characters are not enough to express all the joys and horrors of life with five kids, so hes' now sharing it all in Dad Is Fat. From new parents to empty nesters to Jim's twenty-something fans, everyone will recognize their own families in these hilarious takes on everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to growing up in a big family ("I always assumed my father had six children so he could have a sufficient lawn crew") to changing diapers in the middle of the night ("like The Hurt Locker but much more dangerous") to bedtime (aka "Negotiating with Terrorists"). Dad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.