Do You Talk Funny

Author: David Nihill
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
ISBN: 9781942952282
Release Date: 2016-03-08
Genre: Business & Economics

Public speaking can be terrifying. For David Nihill, the idea of standing in front of an audience was scarier than cliff jumping into a thorny pit of spiders and mothers-in-law. Without a parachute or advanced weaponry. Something had to change. In what doesn’t sound like the best plan ever, David decided to overcome his fears by pretending to be an accomplished comedian called "Irish Dave" for one full year, crashing as many comedy clubs, festivals, and shows as possible. One part of the plan was at least logical: he was already Irish and already called Dave. In one year, David went from being deathly afraid of public speaking to hosting a business conference, regularly performing stand-up comedy and winning storytelling competitions in front of packed houses. And he did it by learning from some of the best public speakers in the world: stand-up comedians. Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker shows how the key principles of stand-up comedy can be applied to your speaking engagements and presentations to make you funnier, more interesting, and better looking. (Or at least two of the three.) Whether you are preparing for a business presentation, giving a wedding toast, defending your thesis, raising money from investors, or simply want to take on something you're afraid of, this book will take you from sweaty to stage-ready. You’ll learn how to: - Craft a story and content that your audience will want to listen to - Find the funniest parts of your material and how to get to them faster - Deal with stage fright - Master the two most important parts of your performance: timing and delivery Ten percent of the author's proceeds from this book will go to Arash Bayatmakou via Help Hope Live until he is fully back on his feet and thereafter to one of the many facing the same challenges after suffering a severe spinal cord injury.

Do You Talk Funny

Author: David Nihill
Publisher: Benbella Books
ISBN: 1942952279
Release Date: 2016-03-08
Genre: Business & Economics

Public speaking can be terrifying. For David Nihill, the idea of standing in front of an audience was scarier than cliff jumping into a thorny pit of spiders and mothers-in-law. Without a parachute or advanced weaponry. Something had to change. In one year, Nihill went from being deathly afraid of public speaking to regularly performing stand-up comedy and winning storytelling competitions in front of packed houses. And he did it by learning from some of the best storytellers in the world: standup comics. Do You Talk Funny? shows how the key principles of standup comedy can be applied to your speaking engagements and presentations to make you funnier, more interesting, and better looking. (Or at least two of the three.) Nihill takes the 80/20 principle and Tim Ferriss’ meta learning, and applies it to the art of public speaking. He breaks down the practices of standup comedians in order to offer readers step-by-step instructions on how to be more memorable, engaging, and effective. You’ll learn how to: Craft a story that your audience will want to listen to Find the funniest parts of your material and how to get to them faster Deal with stage fright Master the two most important parts of your performance: timing and delivery Whether you are preparing for a business presentation, giving a wedding toast, defending your thesis, raising money from investors, or simply want to take on something you're afraid of, this book will take you from sweaty to stage-ready. Ten percent of the author's proceeds from this book will go to Arash Bayatmakou viaHelp Hope Live until he is fully back on his feet. Thereafter, 10 percent of the proceeds will go to one of the many facing the same challenges after suffering a severe spinal cord injury.

Do You Talk Funny

Author: David Nihill
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1505819296
Release Date: 2015-01-11
Genre: Business & Economics

Public speaking can be terrifying. For David Nihill, the idea of standing in front of an audience was scarier than cliff jumping into a thorny pit of spiders and mother-in-laws. Without a parachute or advanced weaponry. Something had to change. In one year, David went from being deathly afraid of public speaking to regularly performing stand-up comedy and winning storytelling competitions in front of packed houses. And he did it by learning from some of the best storytellers in the world: standup comics. In Do You Talk Funny, you will learn the key principles of standup comedy and how they can be applied to your speaking engagements and presentations to make you funnier, more interesting, and better looking. (Or at least two of the three.) Whether you are preparing for a business presentation, giving a wedding toast, defending your thesis, raising money from investors, or simply want to take on something you're afraid of, this book will take you from sweaty to stage-ready.

How to Be Funny

Author: Jon Macks
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451603479
Release Date: 2010-06-15
Genre: Humor

An invaluable guide on how to "lighten up" from a distinguished pro who has provided laughs for JAY LENO, BILLY CRYSTAL, STEVE MARTIN, ROBIN WILLIAMS, BRAD GARRETT, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, AND MANY MORE. Who hasn't wished for the perfect withering comeback line, a clever tension-breaking quip, or a winning flirtatious remark? Being funny is hard work and not everyone is a natural. How to Be Funny is a witty guide that teaches readers precisely how to be funnier in everyday life. It's a must-read for anyone who has to speak in public, be engaging and funny at work or at play, or who hopes to one day go out on a date. Jon Macks, a comedy writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards, Hollywood Squares, and the nation's top comedians, politicians, and corporate leaders, knows his funny business. Here he demystifies the process of making people laugh, breaks down the basic building blocks and types of humor -- which include self-deprecation, misdirection, deadpan delivery, sarcasm, and "the reverse" -- and reveals the best approaches to use in common situations. How to Be Funny features helpful (and hilarious) tips and anecdotes from the comic legends Mack's worked with -- including Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall, Gilbert Gottfried, Billy Crystal, Rita Rudner, Dave Barry, and Carrie Fisher -- in his eleven years as one of the nation's top television writers. Whether the goal is to give a memorable public address or deliver a killer line with friends, How to Be Funny is a charming, instructive, and practical read.

Let the Story Do the Work

Author: Esther Choy
Publisher: AMACOM
ISBN: 9780814438022
Release Date: 2017-07-30
Genre: Business & Economics

People forget facts, but they never forget a good story. \It sounds so simple: Incorporate a story and people will remember your message. But when you get down to crafting one, there's nothing easy about it. Material for stories surrounds us. Yet few people are skilled at sharing personal anecdotes and even fewer know how to link them to professional goals. Whether you want to stand out in the interview process, add punch to a presentation, or make a compelling case for a new initiative, Let the Story Do the Work shows you how to mine your experience for simple narratives that convey who you are, what you want to achieve, and why others should care. Packed with enlightening examples, the book explains how to find the perfect hook, structure your story...and deliver it at the right time in the right way. You'll discover how to use stories to: Capture attention * Engage your audience * Change minds * Inspire action * Bring facts and data to life * Clarify challenging concepts * Pitch persuasively * Fundraise effectively * And more Never underestimate the power of a great story. Learn to leverage the elements of storytelling-and turn everyday communications into opportunities to connect, gain buy-in, and build lasting relationships.

The Message of You

Author: Judy Carter
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781250007100
Release Date: 2013-02-19
Genre: Business & Economics

A step-by-step handbook for becoming a paid motivational speaker coaches readers on how to identify extraordinary stories from their own lives and build skills to captivate and inspire audiences.

Secrets of successful speakers

Author: Lillet Walters
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
ISBN: 0070680337
Release Date: 1993-07-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

You've seen them in action, and chances are you've admired them. They're professional speakers who grab the interest and attention of an audience with their very first words ... who put magic and motivation into every talk they give - no matter what the subject ... who command five-figure speaking fees. Now you can learn the secrets of their persuasive and motivational presentations in just 11 easy steps - with the help of this exciting new book! Lilly Walters, executive director of the world-renowned Walters International Speakers Bureau, has combined her expertise with more than 60 of the top speakers in the world - Masters of the Spoken Word - to teach you the same techniques that are used by many of today's most sought-after professional and celebrity speakers. These techniques can usually be learned - if at all - only in expensive courses costing thousands of dollars. Utilizing many highly interactive exercises that are designed to teach specific skills and build confidence, Secrets of Successful Speakers takes you step by step through every facet of successful public speaking. You'll learn to find "the seed" in every speech that's guaranteed to motivate, captivate, and persuade the audience; conquer stage fright with the help of tips and anecdotes from the pros (who once suffered from it, too!); customize different talks for different audiences by analyzing their needs, desires, and listening modes; make your presentation memorable by developing a theme, organizing your material succinctly, and keeping your message simple; project a professional "platform image" through personality, voice, and clothes; motivate audiences to change their actions and attitudes; involve listeners byusing everything from humor to eye contact and from empathy to audience participation exercises; and deal smoothly with problems and pitfalls ranging from hecklers ... to faulty audiovisual equipment ... to poor staging. Filled with hundreds of helpful hints and amusing anecdotes from such well-known personalities and successful public speakers as Tony Robbins, Steve Allen, Letitia Baldridge, Jack Anderson, Dr. Ken Blanchard, and Philip Crosby, Secrets of Successful Speakers provides all the insights, information, training, and techniques you need to master the art of giving persuasive, captivating, and memorable presentations.

How to Be Funny

Author: Steve Allen
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 9781616140311
Release Date:
Genre: Humor

No one knows more about comedy than Steve Allen. For more than five decades as a writer, performer, and keen observer of the social scene, he has looked into every aspect of who's funny, what's funny, and why. Allen shares his discoveries in How to Be Funny, the book designed to help everyone develop their special talent for funniness.Now reissued in paperback, How to Be Funny covers all the basics, including joke telling, ad-libbing, writing humorously, performing comedy, emceeing, and much more. Allen takes you inside the world of comedy, from the early writings of Mark Twain, to the more contemporary work of Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Maher. Allen even provides homework assignments for the budding comic!Yet How to Be Funny is far more than just a book for aspiring comedians it will help anyone who wants to be a more amusing conversationalist, a more effective public speaker, and everyone who just wants to be the life of the party.Steve Allen (Los Angeles, CA) is the creator of the Tonight Show and PBS's award-winning program Meeting of the Minds. He is the author of many books on a wide range of topics for both children and adults. Jane Wollman (New York, NY) is a journalist who has written regularly for The New York Times, Newsday, and USA Today.

Analysis Without Paralysis

Author: Babette E. Bensoussan
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 9780133101027
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Business & Economics

Rev. ed. of: Analysis without paralysis: 10 tools to make better strategic decisions. c2008.

The Hidden Tools of Comedy

Author: Steve Kaplan
Publisher:
ISBN: 1615931406
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Performing Arts

While other books give you tips on how to “write funny,” this book offers a paradigm shift in understanding the mechanics and art of comedy, and the proven, practical tools that help writers translate that understanding into successful, commercial scripts. The Hidden Tools of Comedy unlocks the unique secrets and techniques of writing comedy. Kaplan deconstructs sequences in popular films and TV that work and don’t work, and explains what tools were used (or should have been used).

The Humor Code

Author: Peter McGraw
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451665413
Release Date: 2014-04-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Part road-trip comedy and part social science experiment, a scientist and a journalist travel the globe to discover the secret behind what makes things funny, questioning countless experts, including Louis C.K., along the way.

Comedy Made Easy

Author: David Kline Lovett
Publisher: eBookIt.com
ISBN: 9781456625016
Release Date: 2015-06-11
Genre: Humor

This book helps you to write and deliver jokes to attract more money, honey and health into your life. What makes this book unique is that it has 123 joke templates. The templates allow even someone who considers themselves as not funny the ability to easily write and present original funny jokes. This book is much more than simply writing and delivering jokes. When one has the ability to create and present original humor they have the power to create a better world for themselves. Having the gift of humor gives you more: 1. Health 2. Wealth 3. Love It is proven than laughter and humor improves your health, that funny people are more liked and respected. People who are more liked and respected have an easier path to more financial success.

Comedy Writing Secrets

Author: Mel Helitzer
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 1582976856
Release Date: 2005-09-15
Genre: Reference

The Only Handbook for Humor Writers! "What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke."—Steve Martin Become the funniest person in the room! With Comedy Writing Secrets, 2nd edition, you can master the fundamentals of humor writing and turn your comedic talent into a well-paying pursuit. For more than a decade, Comedy Writing Secrets has been giving aspiring comedians a leg up on the competition. In this expanded new edition, Mel Helitzer, named the "funniest professor in the country" by Rolling Stone magazine, and funnyman Mark Shatz pack in even more insight and instruction, including: Humor writing exercises to punch up your jokes Extra information on writing for sitcoms and stand-up Comedic brainstorming techniques using associations and listings Exclusive tips for writing humor for specific markets like editorials, columns, speeches, advertising, greeting cards, t-shirts, and more Tap into your comedic genius with Comedy Writing Secrets, 2nd edition, and you'll always leave 'em laughing!

Spontaneous Comedy

Author: Michael Chain
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1517045606
Release Date: 2015-12-14
Genre:

Spontaneous Comedy is all about being able to be funny on the fly and Michael Chain will show you how to do it. Why be the guy who laments "I wish I'd said that!" when you could be the one who says it. Don't let the bully at the beach kick sand in your face. Drop him with a solid punchline. Comedy is a skill that can be learned, developed, and mastered just like public speaking or pickpocketing. Open this book and enter the wonderful world of Spontaneous Comedy. Whether you're an actor, writer, comic, or solar panel salesman, this book will get you where you want to go and it'll be a fun trip. Remember, everybody loves a clown, unless the clown is John Wayne Gacy.