Comedy Techniques From The Best TED Talks

Every one of the top 10 TED talks gets laughs using techniques that you can replicate. Let’s take a look at a few

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There’s a good chance you don’t want to be a comedian. It’s pretty scary. I can tell you that first hand from a year plus doing it in researching my book. More likely is that you would like to do a TED talk , a TED style talk or maybe you have already done one […]

Presidential Funny That You Can Replicate

If the president is using humor then you certainly can too! Here's how to do it

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If you are still on the fence about using humor in your talks take some reassurance from President Obama crushing it again on stage at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It even got a write up in Rolling Stone. The BBC went as far to documents 8 of his best jokes over the last 8 […]

Another Hilarious TED Talk With Lots of LOL’s

The good news for you if you're an aspiring funny speaker is that many of the laughs generated in these talks come from the use of funny images

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Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but like many of us he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. This year he stole the show at the TED mainstage event in Vancouver and delivered a talk that even TED themselves describe as hilarious. […]

1 Trick to Finish Your Next Talk in Style

All too often presentations end in a way that's not good for you as a speaker. Use this one trick to go out in style and make your message instantly more memorable.

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You finish your talk and the presenter takes back the microphone. “Any questions for the speaker?” Awkward silence . . . “Anyone at all? Oh, you, sir, with your hand raised,” the host says with a newfound blast of enthusiasm akin to a fisherman who has just hooked a big fish. “I just yawned.” “Oh, […]

The Secret to Avoid Going Blank in Your Next Presentation

There is one fear around public speaking that worries people more than all others: going blank on stage. Use this technique so you never have to worry about it again

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Standing in front of an audience with no memory of what you’re supposed to say is anxiety-inducing for even seasoned pros. The way to avoid this is to use a memory-recollection technique called the memory palace. In basic terms, it’s a form of memory enhancement that uses visualization to organise and recall information. It’s by […]

People Like Stories but they Love Funny Stories

Here is how to tell one

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“Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.” — Robert McKee Many of us will have been to a comedy club and laughed hysterically at the comedian, but struggle to remember his/her name or what exactly was said. The same applies […]

23 Tips From Comedians to Be Funnier in Your Next Presentation

As they clock up the 10,000 hours that Malcolm Gladwell says make a master, comedians learn a lot the hard way. Here are their top tips so you don't have to.

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(Originally Published in Inc) Former biologist Tim Lee takes the stage at TEDx for the second time this year. Lee’s medium of choice: the all too often mind-numbingly boring PowerPoint presentation, but when he unleashes his deck, it’s anything but. Within seconds, the audience is in hysterics of laughter and clapping loudly to show its […]

Funny Business: Is Everybody Doing it?

Modern day speakers are expected to be entertainers. Every one of the current top ten most viewed TED talks moves the humor needle, and many of them considerably.

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As business, entertainment, and comedy become ever more intertwined, savvy startups, leading ad agencies, and Fortune 500 firms alike are turning to humor as the ultimate tool for being memorable amidst the ringtones and vibrations of modern life. It appears top business speakers are no different. If we apply a laughs per minute scoring system […]

How Long Should your Talk be?

There is a saying in standup comedy that "a tight five is better than a sloppy fifteen." Yet business presentations worldwide fail to abide by the same principle. Instead, there tends to be a lot of sloppy fifteens. Why?

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(Originally Published in Inc) For most business speakers the necessary stage time, structure, and conscious editing in order to make maximum impact just aren’t there–most people don’t have to speak often enough to get it. Conversely, the speakers who deliver their talk most, tend to be the best and most polished. They know where the […]