October 2017 Newsletter- Wolfville Toastmasters
TIP OF THE MONTH
Advice From Members
6 Rules of Humour
From an article by Graham Honaker, ACS, taken from the September 2017 Toastmasters Magazine
- Find Humour in Everyday Life. Some of the best speeches are inspired by everyday occurrences. Think about your everyday life and things that may have a humourous twist to them.
- Know Your Audience. Knowing your audience is important when trying to land a punchline.
- It’s a Humourous Speech Contest: Be Funny! The best speeches are funny throughout. Launch into a joke right off the bat to get the audience warmed up and kick-start your energy level.
- Use Props. Think about effective props that can enhance your humour.
- Don’t Step on Your Laughter. One of the greatest challenges a humourous speaker faces is to avoid stepping on the audience’s response. It takes practice, but you can allow your audience the time to laugh and soak in the humour. You can kill a joke entirely by rushing to tell your next one. Use effective pauses to enhance those jokes.
- Consult with Others. Always run your speech by a mentor or trusted advisor.
Wise Words on Leading Others:
“True leadership stems from invidulaity that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed…Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” ~Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~James Humes, Former Presidential Speechwriter
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French Writer
“A leader takes people where they would never go on their own.” ~Hans Finzel, Author, Speaker and Leadership Mentor
“If I have seen further [than others], it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” ~Isaac Newton, Mathematician, Astronomer and Physicist
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou, Poet, Performer and Activist
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