Speaking Your Way To The Top - Chapter 6

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MGTC36 Speaking Your Way To The Top Chapter 6
Chapter 6: Entertaining/Special Occasion presentations
o Some Guidelines to Consider Before Using Humour
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come out comfortably, leave humour out of your presentation
- If you are not comfortable with long stories, use one-liners
- If you are not sure if it is funny, try it out on someone and when in doubt, leave it out
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o 6 Guidelines to Help You Use Humour
- 1. Remember the punch line
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credibility with the audience)
- 2. Make sure that the anecdote relates to your speech and is appropriate
- 3. Have good timing
Practice your story and tell it to several people and watch their reactions
Practice until you feel comfortable with the material or modify/eliminate it
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May think fat jokes are funny but someone in the audience may has weight
problems
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Not appropriate even if your room is full of guys
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