1. Warm Up Your Audience
Prepare a speech that opens with a humorous story.
Personalize the story.
Deliver the story smoothly and effectively.
2. Leave Them With A Smile
Prepare a serious speech that opens and closes with humorous stories.
Prepare a closing story that reemphasizes the speech's main point.
Deliver the stories smoothly and effectively.
3. Make Them Laugh
Prepare a speech that opens and closes with humorous stories.
Include jokes in the speech body to illustrate points or maintain audience interest.
Deliver the jokes and stories smoothly and effectively.
4. Keep Them Laughing
Prepare a speech that opens with a self-depreciating joke.
String together two or three related jokes in the speech body.
Close the speech with a humorous story.
5. The Humorous Speech
Use exaggeration to tell a humorous story.
Entertain the audience.
Effectively use body language and voice to enhance the story.
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.