Delivery part 2 – Comedy Made Easy
A small percentage of our communication is verbal. The Mehrabian sturdy has shown that an audience remembers 55% of what they see, 38% of what they hear, and 7% of the content. Our non-verbal communication may be closer to 80% rather than the 93% indicated by the study. Either way, it’s clear it’s not so much about what you say but how you say it. This study suggests that what we say is only a fraction of our communication. Tonality and body language make up the majority of how we communicate. The point is, no matter the percentage, delivery is very important.
It’s true that you can only make a first impression once. People decide if they like you in the first few seconds. Making a good impression from the start is imperative. You will learn from these videos that you can make a good impression with your audience or listeners from the very beginning.
Like most stories it had to do with romance, or the lack there of. I was invited by a love interest to deliver a comedy speech to her Toastmasters public speaking club. Not knowing anything about comedy I used jokes from the internet.
My evaluator who was a long term and highly respected Toastmaster member gave me the following evaluation:
“The jokes were tired, haggard and I had heard them ALL. If this was a comedy club, you would have defiantly gotten the hook .”
I felt like the love of my life just kicked me to the curb. I came close to quitting Toastmasters and giving up on ever being funny and public speaking all together. I then punched a training course on comedy, however, I felt it was incomplete. I deduced to learn it for myself. I found a book by Judy Carter, Comedy the Book. That lead to many other books on comedy that I studied and took the best of the best, including that first training course and as they say, “the rest is history.”
Comedy Made Easy the book was written.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Some say the world took six days to be created and some say it took much longer. Your jokes will take some polishing time and effort to manifest into comedy gold. Darren LaCroix, theToastmasters International 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking, repeats, “Great speeches and jokes are not written, they are rewritten.” This video has some basic ideas, thoughts, techniques, and inspirations that will help you mine your jokes to transform them into real comedy that you may have previously thought impossible.