Why Give A Funny Speech?
Humor can be a very subjective thing and this makes delivering a funny speech difficult. The reason you might want to try using humor is because it is a great way to deliver your message.
Humorous Speaking Is a Serious Business
“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.”
As a longtime member of Toastmasters I regularly hear entertaining speeches . This has taught me that the best humorous speeches not only entertain me but often teach me a valuable life lesson. They can achieve this because the speaker has engaged me and I am always interested to hear how the story unfolds.
I often marvel at how effortlessly the best speakers deliver a funny speech. It appears so easy for them almost as if they are saying it for the first time. I know this is not the case and the best speakers rehearse their speeches and are constantly perfecting their techniques.
Having observed others and delivered many speeches myself I have developed a list of tips I use when I have to give a funny speech.
1) Remember Who Your Audience Is
The first and most important tip is to know who you audience is. Humor can be incredibly subjective in nature. What works with your friends could shock your grandmother for example. What works with granny might bore your work colleges. Think carefully who you are speaking to and adjust your humor accordingly. The more you know about your audience the easier it will be to use humor that they will appreciate and engage with.
2) Start With A Bang
When delivering a funny speech start it the way you intend to continue and open with a bang. Use a funny short story to grab your audience’s attention.
This signals to your audience you are a speaker worth listening to and not only will they learn something they will also enjoy the process.
3) Build It Around A Story
The best way to deliver a funny speech is to weave it around one or more stories. Stories are great because they bring ideas together and help your audience get the message you are trying to deliver.
4) Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously
Ideally when delivering a humorous speech it is a good idea to use some deprecating humor in your speech. This shows your audience you do not take yourself too seriously and helps them to empathize with you. When this humor is based on stories they can easily relate to it and this will help them engage with your message.
5) No Reaction, Move On
Even when you know your audience, you sometimes get it wrong. They fail to see the funny side of what you are saying. This is a time to keep a cool head and move on. Hopefully your next bit of humor will elicit the response you want.
6) Pause For Effect
When you get your humor right your audience will react, this is the time to pause and let your audience enjoy the moment.
7) Leave Them Laughing
While it is important to start with a bang it is just as important to finish on a high. Plan the end of your funny speech carefully so as to leave your audience laughing. Remember people remember the end and the start of your speech most. It is at these critical moments that your audience will subsequently judge your content.
Make An Impression That Counts
“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”
Humor done well has the ability to take people into your world. Your audiences will remember a funny speech done well long after you have left the room.