How To Watch This Class
Hello, my name is Chris Jennings, and I'm the host and producer of David Nihill's Become a Better and Funnier Public Speaker class here on CreativeLive. In this class David references some amazing videos from world-renowned public speakers. These videos are freely available on the internet, and they're a great way to learn from some of the best speakers in the business. Unfortunately, due to copyright laws we are unable to embed those videos within this class. But rest assured, we have come up with a solution to give you the best user experience possible. Here's what you need to do. Before you watch the class, download our video link's PDF that's found under the Class Materials section of the Course page. In this document, you'll see a list of the videos that David references throughout the class in the order that they appear. Once you get to a point in the video lessons where you see this screen, you'll want to click on the corresponding video link in your companion PDF to open the vi...
deo in a new browser window. Once the video is finished playing, click back over to the CreativeLive Course page and resume the class where you left off. It's as simple as that. Keep going through the video companion PDF until you've reached the end of David's class. If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again for watching the class, and we'll see you next time.
Let’s just be real for a minute: most public speakers are boring. And aside from making your day a little less fun, dull presentations are bad for business.
Audiences have become conditioned to receiving information with a dose of entertainment, and that makes humor a critical tool for any professional communicator. We want our data with a punchline these days-- witness the success of The Daily Show or the stickiness of many of President Obama’s speeches for example.
It’s not just about getting some laughs to make yourself feel good; it’s about using humor to grab and hold your audience’s interest, making your message stickier and ultimately more persuasive. In a world full of bland, dull speakers, if you stand out, you win!
The good news is that humor is a skill, which means that it can be learned by anyone. The notion that we’re “born funny” couldn’t be more false: “being funny” is just a set of easily-replicated techniques (for example, the setup followed by the punchline) that anyone can pick up with a little practice.
Whether you are preparing for a business presentation, giving a wedding toast, defending your thesis, raising money from investors, this class will take you from nervous and sweaty to stage-ready.
Bestselling author, storyteller, occasional comedian, and Irishman, David Nihill will teach you:
- How top business speakers are using humor
- One Sure Fire Way to Add Funny to any content
- How To Replicate Top TED Talks
- Basic Comedy Writing Techniques
- Quick ways to get funny fast
- How To Make Boring Things Funny (with guest Sarah Cooper)
- Storytelling Tips that everyone can use
- Advanced Comedy Writing Techniques
- How to critique your own stories
- Never go blank on stage with the memory palace technique
- Content delivery tips for all levels
- Manage stage fright
As an added bonus, Sarah Cooper, a writer, comedian, and creator of the satirical blog TheCooperReview.com, will be joining David to teach you how to make boring subjects more entertaining.
Learn more about David Nihill from his appearance on the “Profit, Power, Pursuit Podcast”!