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: 6630

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: 4957

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: 6345

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: 5388

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: 1044

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.

Comedy Made Easy

Author: David Kline Lovett

Publisher: eBookIt.com

ISBN: 1456625012

Category: Humor

Page: 308

View: 8780

This book helps you to write and deliver jokes to attract more money, honey and health into your life. What makes this book unique is that it has 123 joke templates. The templates allow even someone who considers themselves as not funny the ability to easily write and present original funny jokes. This book is much more than simply writing and delivering jokes. When one has the ability to create and present original humor they have the power to create a better world for themselves. Having the gift of humor gives you more: 1. Health 2. Wealth 3. Love It is proven than laughter and humor improves your health, that funny people are more liked and respected. People who are more liked and respected have an easier path to more financial success.

Confessions of a Public Speaker

Author: Scott Berkun

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 9781449388706

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

View: 6936

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.

Spontaneous Comedy

How to Be Funny on the Fly

Author: Michael Chain

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781517045609

Category:

Page: 88

View: 4123

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.

The Year of Living Biblically

One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

Author: A. J. Jacobs

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743291484

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 388

View: 4839

Documents the author's quest to live one year in literal compliance with biblical rules, from being fruitful and multiplying to growing a beard and avoiding mixed-fiber clothing.

How to Be Funny

The Essential Comedy Handbook

Author: Darryl Littleton

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781495438653

Category: Humor

Page: 76

View: 2021

Ever wonder why funny people win? Funny guys get the girl. Funny teachers get the awards from students. Voters like politicians that can make them laugh. People who can bring a smile to our faces fare better in life than those who do not. We gravitate to these personalities because they make us feel good even when they're delivering bad news. Some say it's a gift, but is it?True, there are people who are born funny. Whatever they say seems to always get a laugh. However, that doesn't mean they know how to hone this ability. They're natural born comedians, but that isn't any guarantee that they're going to go into the field of comedy. That requires more than just being funny. Professional comedians have to have resilience, perseverance, massive egos, unmitigated gall and the unquenchable desire to show off their gift. The fact they are funny is merely incidental, but it's also a pre-requisite for the job. The question is how really funny do you have to be to be funny enough to reap the rewards of a developed sense of humor? All walks of life can benefit from getting laughs. • Sales People• Lawyers• Politicians• MCs• Telemarketers• Bail Bondsmen• Beauticians• Dentists• Office Managers• Authors / Speakers• Newscasters• Columnists• Bloggers• Clergymen• Motivational Speakers• Tattoo Artists• And of course comediansThe number one fear of most people is speaking in front of an audience. It's right up there above death. That's because people fear rejection. Funny people don't share this fear. Funny people have something to say and so why would you reject them? Funny people are more afraid of dying than talking. This handbook will teach anybody the tools to be funny. If you're a comedian the contents are indispensable. You'll not only refine an act you can take anywhere, but learn the techniques to make adjustments when needed and maximize the tools in your arsenal to brand yourself as a multi-talented performer able to work in a multitude of situations. You'll also learn the invaluable lessons of once you've attained your success, how to maintain your success.If you're amongst the multitude of other non-comedic professions this book is your secret weapon. Your sales will increase. Your congregation will be more attentive. Your employees will be more motivated and nobody will quite know why they like you more. You'll be using the same techniques and mindset of professional laugh creators and finding how much easier your endeavors will become. You can even use the methods in your personal life. Want to nip an impending argument in the bud? Say something funny. Need to talk your way out of a traffic ticket? Make the cop snicker. Going to the DMV? Well, not even a joke can eradicate you from that hell, but you get the drift. Making others happier than before you showed up is the key to navigating through life with greater success. Not only will you get immediate perks; laughing gives the priceless gift of better health. Ever notice that most comedians live to be a ripe old age if they don't take themselves out? You'll look better, feel better and view the world through renewed eyes. Problems that plague the average person mean nothing to funny people because they know how to talk their way out of it. They'll get the right person to laugh. I've been a professional comedian in a career that currently spans over four decades. Throughout my career I've worked as a stand up, comedy actor, producer of comedy, voice-over artist, author of comedy books, promoter of comedy shows, writer for over 100 comedians, interviewer for comedy documentaries, columnist for comedy magazines and I sit on the advisory board of the Comedy Hall of Fame as a comedy historian. I've helped others feed their families and attain comfortable lifestyles through the art of laughter and I'm certain these pages will assist you.

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: 2178

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.

The Comedy of Errors

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486112233

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 9742

Two sets of identical twins provide the basis for ongoing incidents of mistaken identity, within a lively plot of quarrels, arrests, and a grand courtroom denouement. One of Shakespeare's earliest comedic efforts.

Play It Away

A Workaholic's Cure for Anxiety

Author: Charlie Hoehn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780615918174

Category: Self-Help

Page: 168

View: 2489

Do you live in constant fear? Shallow breathing, tension in the gut, chest pains, rapid hearbeat... Anxiety destroys your confidence, your productivity, you relationships, your ability to enjoy life. You can put an end to your suffering. You can start living again. And it's not as hard as you think.

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: 9583

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.

Drop Dead Healthy

One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

Author: A. J. Jacobs

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439110158

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 9219

From the bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All comes the true and truly hilarious story of one person’s quest to become the healthiest man in the world. Hospitalized with a freak case of tropical pneumonia, goaded by his wife telling him, “I don’t want to be a widow at forty-five,” and ashamed of a middle-aged body best described as “a python that swallowed a goat,” A.J. Jacobs felt compelled to change his ways and get healthy. And he didn’t want only to lose weight, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol. His ambitions were far greater: maximal health from head to toe. The task was epic. He consulted an army of experts— sleep consultants and sex clinicians, nutritionists and dermatologists. He subjected himself to dozens of different workouts—from Strollercize classes to Finger Fitness sessions, from bouldering with cavemen to a treadmill desk. And he took in a cartload of diets: raw foods, veganism, high protein, calorie restriction, extreme chewing, and dozens more. He bought gadgets and helmets, earphones and juicers. He poked and he pinched. He counted and he measured. The story of his transformation is not only brilliantly entertaining, but it just may be the healthiest book ever written. It will make you laugh until your sides split and endorphins flood your bloodstream. It will alter the contours of your brain, imprinting you with better habits of hygiene and diet. It will move you emotionally and get you moving physically in surprising ways. And it will give you occasion to reflect on the body’s many mysteries and the ultimate pursuit of health: a well-lived life.

I'm Dying Up Here

Heartbreak and High Times in Standup Comedy's Golden Era

Author: William Knoedelseder

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 1586488961

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

View: 9318

Full of revealing portraits of many of the best-known comedic talents of the 1970s, "I'm Dying Up Here" is also a poignant tale of the price of success and the terrible cost of failure--professional and moral.

Stand-Up Comedy

The Book

Author: Judy Carter

Publisher: Dell

ISBN: 0307575209

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

View: 4453

All the world loves a clown and whether you want to clown around at parties or make a living as a standup comic, comedian Judy Carter can show you how to "do" comedy.

How to Be Witty (for Someone Who Is Not)

The Definitive Manual to Being Funny, Clever, Witty, and Owning It in Social Environments

Author: Max D. Clinton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781508488422

Category:

Page: 32

View: 2930

***SPECIAL OFFER!!!*** LIMITED TIME OFFER 40% OFF (Regular Price $4.99) This #1 Best Selling Critically Acclaimed Book is now available Globally on Amazon - Download it Now!This book is a guideline on how to improve your social presence and social acceptance by using humor in your conversations. The impact of being witty, clever, and funny can be observed in the enormous changes you will witness in your life in the form a growing social circle, better employment opportunities, and dating people you previously never had any chance with.This book will enhance your self-confidence, increase the quality of your relationships, as well as enable you to enjoy yourself more in social situations. Human beings are social animals and they thrive on social interactions, anything that offers to improve their social interactions is the key to their growth.Mastering the art of conversation can therefore improve the quality of your life. This book combines proven steps and strategies on how to use humor as a tool to increase your social presence, improve the quality of your conversations, and enhance your social standing in the process.This book also provides guidelines for immensely improving your vocabulary, boosting your intelligence, and mastering the art of conversation. By enabling these skills one can become an exceptional conversationalist, which will assure success in every aspect of life.In this book you will learn the following awesome skills: Provide you the tools to improve your social acceptance and prescence Give you the knowledge to improve your self-confidence and get people to like you Helps you itht immensely improving your vocabulary to make you impressive to other people Assists with Boosting your intelligence which can be used to better your interactions with others Provide a platform for success when dealing with other people and improving your life Teaches you how to not only improve your social interactions, but do it while enjoying your self and much much more.... So what are you waiting for, take your social life you the NEXT level and purchase this book now!***SPECIAL OFFER!!!*** LIMITED TIME OFFER 40% OFF (Regular Price $4.99) This #1 Best Selling Critically Acclaimed Book is now available Globally on Amazon - Download it Now! How to Be Witty, How to be Funny, Make People Laugh, How to be Clever

Step by Step to Stand-up Comedy

Author: Greg Dean

Publisher: Heinemann Drama

ISBN: 9780325001791

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 191

View: 2853

If you think you're funny, and you want others to think so too, this is the book for you! Greg Dean examines the fundamentals of being funny and offers advice on a range of topics, including: writing creative joke material rehearsing and performing routines coping with stage fright dealing with emcees who think they're funnier than you are getting experience and lots more. Essential for the aspiring comic or the working comedian interested in updating his or her comedy routine, Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy is the most comprehensive and useful book ever written on the art of the stand-up comedian.