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.
1. Use the Rule of 3
2. Draw Upon Your Real-Life Experiences
3. Identify the Key Part and Get There Fast
4. Find the Funny in Pain Points
5. Think Fails and Firsts
6. Listen and repeat.
7. Think Fun Over Funny
8. Screen Your Jokes
9. Tell a Joke
10. Like Jerry Seinfeld Does, Use Inherently Funny Words
11. Paint a Picture for Others to See
12. Do Something Memorable
13. Jokes are: 1, 2 … 4!
14. Use the Art of Misdirection
15. Put the Word the Joke Hinges on at the End of the Sentence
16. Use Tension
17. Avoid Ever Going Blank Onstage
18. Use Your Hands
19. Use Metaphors and Analogies Combined With Hyperbole (Exaggeration)
20. If the Energy Is Down, Bring It Up
21. Trust Your Funny Bits
22. Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
And last but not least, from Irish comedian Dylan Moran:
23. Don’t Rely on Potential
“Don’t do it! Stay away from your potential,” Moran says. “You’ll mess it up. It’s potential; leave it. Anyway, it’s like your bank balance–you always have a lot less than you think.”
As Mark Twain said, “The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” That type of arms race may be one worth all our time. Most presentations are really boring. With applications of these tips, yours will not be.
These tips are taken from the bestselling book Do You Talk Funny and Hacking Public Speaking. http://hackingpublicspeaking.com/