The Entertaining Speaker
People like to be entertained and the entertaining speaker offers listeners a pleasant
diversion from their demanding lives. This manual offers five projects that
will help you develop your skills as an entertaining speaker.
1. The Entertaining Speech
Entertain the audience through use of humor and/or drama drawn from your personal experience.
Organize an entertaining speech for maximum audience impact.
2. Resources for Entertainment
Draw humorous and/or dramatic material from sources other than your own personal experience.
Adapt your material to suit your topic, your own personality and the audience. Use entertaining material as a means of conveying a serious message.
3. Make Them Laugh
Prepare a humorous speech drawn from your own experience.
Strengthen the speech by adapting and personalizing humorous material from outside sources.
Deliver the speech in a way that makes the humor effective.
4. A Dramatic Talk
Develop an entertaining dramatic talk about an experience or incident, or give a dramatic reading.
Include vivid imagery, characters and dialogue.
Deliver the talk in an interpretative manner.
5. Speaking After Dinner
Prepare an entertaining after-dinner talk on a specific theme.
Deliver the talk extemporaneously, using the skills developed in the preceding entertainment projects.
Note: For some speech projects, the presentation time may also include additional segments for such activities as question-and-answer periods, depending on the project.