Need to write and deliver a speech? Do everyone a favor and write one with humor. Why? Because humor is entertaining and an audience will listen eagerly to a funny speech. And this increases the chance you’ll get your point across. Of course, the main purpose of your speech may not be to provide entertaining humor. It may be to inform, motivate or persuade. That’s okay. Write humor anyway. When people laugh, it breaks down barriers and makes them more receptive to what you want to convey. So regardless of the main purpose, writing humor helps deliver it effectively.
Perhaps you don’t consider yourself a funny person. And maybe your audience knows you’re not a funny person too. Fantastic! The contrast will make the humor in your speech even funnier to your audience.
Write a humorous speech tailored to your audience-even if they’re tailors
This should be sew obvious I needle not even bring it up. Never talk or write down to an audience. At the same time, write humor and language that is relevant. Are they carpenters? Nail them with great lines. Doctors? Give them your best shot. Attorneys? Be careful, they’re libel to litigate you.
Write humor that is appropriate to the specific group and doesn’t offend their sensibilities. But keep in mind that education and vocation does affect a person’s vocabulary. So write your humor accordingly. As you research your topic, you should also research industry terminology and phrases.
Write a humorous speech that supports your message
The mechanics of speech writing are the same with or without humor. You should write a speech with a beginning, middle, and end. And the beginning is important because it’s often where you either gain or lose the attention of your audience. So write an introduction with a humorous story, funny anecdote, or amusing story. And it doesn’t have to be original humor. The library is full of humor books for speeches with jokes, quips, and stories for all kinds of themes and occasions.
After the introduction, you’ll write the body of the speech. It usually includes 3-5 main points. Even though the point you make is serious, elaborate on it further with a joke, funny illustration, or anecdotal story. You should also strive to write smooth transitions from one point in your speech to the next. This too, offers an opportunity for humor. And don’t forget visual props. There are cartoons, funny pictures, and even comedy videos that will increase the laughter while making your point.
Make the final present of your speech a funny wrap-up
Write a speech ending that includes a brief summary of your main points-not a summary made in your briefs. Unless you’re addressing a group at Fruit of the Loom. The wrap-up is where you wow your audience with your final, humorous zinger. Something memorable. A profound piece of wisdom with humorous insight that drives your message home. You’ll discover that a funny speech has a funny way of making an impact through the levity of laughter.
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Chip Tudor is a freelance copywriter in Dayton, Ohio with a sense of humor. He writes a wide variety of advertising, marketing, and public relations material for various media — including speeches. He’s written for Wendy’s, LexisNexis, and Iams along with faith-based organizations like John Maxwell’s Injoy, Gospel Light Publishing, and the Catholic Marianists. To learn more visit: http://www.chiptudor.com.
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