Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker

Do You Talk Funny Comedy Habits to Become a Better and Funnier Public Speaker Public speaking can be terrifying For David Nihill the idea of standing in front of an audience was scarier than cliff jumping into a thorny pit of spiders and mothers in law Without a parachute or a

  • Title: Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker
  • Author: David Nihill
  • ISBN: 9781942952275
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Paperback
  • Public speaking can be terrifying For David Nihill, the idea of standing in front of an audience was scarier than cliff jumping into a thorny pit of spiders and mothers in law Without a parachute or advanced weaponry Something had to change In what doesn t sound like the best plan ever, David decided to overcome his fears by pretending to be an accomplished comedian caPublic speaking can be terrifying For David Nihill, the idea of standing in front of an audience was scarier than cliff jumping into a thorny pit of spiders and mothers in law Without a parachute or advanced weaponry Something had to change In what doesn t sound like the best plan ever, David decided to overcome his fears by pretending to be an accomplished comedian called Irish Dave for one full year, crashing as many comedy clubs, festivals and shows as possible One part of the plan was at least logical he was already Irish and already called Dave In one year, David went from being deathly afraid of public speaking to hosting a business conference, regularly performing stand up comedy, and winning storytelling competitions in front of packed houses He did it by learning from some of the best public speakers in the world stand up comedians.Do You Talk Funny shows how the key principles of stand up comedy can be applied to your speaking engagements and presentations to make you funnier, interesting, and better looking Or at least two of the three Whether you are preparing for a business presentation, giving a wedding toast, defending your thesis, raising money from investors, or simply want to take on something you re afraid of, this book will take you from sweaty to stage ready.Ten percent of the author s proceeds from this book will go to Arash Bayatmakou via Help Hope Live until he is fully back on his feet and thereafter to one of the many facing the same challenges after suffering a severe spinal cord injury.

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    1. Lots of useful, funny tips for public speaking. The book strongly relies on TedTalks and occasionally feels like a developed research paper, but overall worth it. I definitely want to come back to this one.

    2. useful and intelligentI'm feeling funnier, telling better stories, and some third thing. David Nahil gives a great primer on how to get to the funny and improve public speaking. I'm already using lots of his tips.

    3. As a trainer who has taught others how to present, I thought this book would offer very little for me to learn. To say I was hugely mistaken, is no exaggeration.David magically weaves business, humor, tragedy, and action into this brilliant read. He draws from marketing masters like Seth Godin and Gary Vaynerchuk, comedy masters like Jerry Seinfeld and Matt Groening, and literary masters like Mark Twain and William Shakespeare to show you how to deliver your message - regardless of the topic.Of [...]

    4. First let me say I am sooo not the intended audience for this book. However, I thought it was just wonderful. The book is written for anyone who needs help with public speaking though Nihil does make frequent reference to the business presentation. He started off as your normal scared-to-death public speaker who went on a journey and ended up becoming an award-winning speaker and storyteller. The evening of the day I finished this book, I actually went to a teaching lecture and the professor was [...]

    5. David Nihill went on a wild ride to become a good public speaker, to perform and make people laugh. DYTF shares his excellent story. The real gem of the book is the delivery of lessons learned in the form of a simple and clear map for us to follow to do the same.DYTF shares exercises that can be taken step by step to craft a speech that incorporates laughter. Humor makes it easier for an audience to follow along, enjoy what you are sharing, and absorb it. He shows us how to identify and evaluate [...]

    6. You may not know this, but I'm a recovering college professor, am now a federally-employed archaeologist, and I won a copy of this book as a Firstreads giveaway. While the third fact has in no way influenced the content of this review, the first two have definitely informed why I was initially drawn to this book and what I ultimately found most valuable within its pages. Terrified of public speaking but required by circumstance to host a fundraising event for a friend who had suffered a spinal c [...]

    7. Very actionable, great tips. I was able to apply lots of what I've read to a new talk I'm presenting. And I think it quickly became the best talk I ever delivered!

    8. This is an awesome book on a difficult topic - being funny in business conversations. It is entertaining and practical, suites my appetite very well.

    9. As a stay-at-home mom and writer, I am definitely not the target audience for Do You Talk Funny. But I still somehow, amazingly, found this book to be relevant to my life, and I ended up really enjoying it. I think a big part of the book's appeal is that it is written with the novice in mind. I am pretty much terrified of public speaking, as Nihill was, so I could easily identify with his situation. Moreover, I absolutely appreciated his willingness to put himself out there so he could overcome [...]

    10. “Modern-Day Storytelling Is Joke Telling”The premise of David Nihill’s Do You Talk Funny? is that while we all can’t be professional comedians we can, and should, utilize the comedians’ techniques for public speaking in order that we make more powerful connections with our audience. Whether you work in business, the arts, or education, Nihill’s comedy primer is designed for you.Nihill correctly points out that the secret to comedy is not the one-liner or the punch line, but the perso [...]

    11. I'm a member of a local Toastmasters club, completed my CC and working on a double DTM (if you're into TM, then you know what I mean). I was raised on PBS, British comedies, and have a highly idiosyncratic sense of humour - meaning that, generally, only long-time friends and family members get my humour. I'm fairly adept at academic, inspirational and informational speaking, but felt that I could use some humour training. I found Mr. Nihill's blog very helpful. That's how I ended up getting to r [...]

    12. If your thinking about getting into standup, this is the book for you. The book literally outlines at the end 80 steps to practice and use to be great at it. While I'm not looking to head in that direction (yet), the advice greatly spills over into the art of public speaking. The bottom line of this book is that if you want to be engaging as a speaker, you have to be funny. And the cool secret is that anyone, even those with absolutely no experience, can give a very funny talk.

    13. This book covers a lot of ground at limited depth. Author Nihill sounds like a lively speaker. He doesn't really do justice to presentation skills in much detail. His suggestion that humour could galvanize a lot of moribund business presentations is very welcome, but he's not totally credible with some of his comedy references. For example, he talks about pro comedians generating 12 to 20 laughs per minute, which is wildly high. That's a laugh every 3 to five seconds, which is impossible to sust [...]

    14. Short Practical Tricks To Make You FunnyPros: - Good solid advice from an obvious expert on public speaking. - Practical tips from joke structure, storytelling and how to continuously improve your funny - Just as importantly, what to avoid that can kill your funny and speech Cons - Short (although to some this might be a pro)- This book seems aimed at the novice presenter or comedian. Someone more experienced would likely know most of these points. Since this book is for presenters who want to a [...]

    15. A very practical guide to becoming a humorous speaker. I specifically loved the recommendation to keep the joke book by observing the events during the day. Funny incidents happen around us all the time if you see them from a humor lens.

    16. If your worst nightmare is standing on a stage naked giving a speech, this book will put you in your underwear. In fact, this book is a little bit like a reverse striptease. Each time you read a chapter and put the exercises into practice, you'll get to add another piece of clothing to your nightmare, making it a little less scary. By the end of the book, you will have your audience laughing with you, not at you. David Nihill understands where you're coming from, because he's been naked, too. Do [...]

    17. Loved it! This is an awesome read and a must for everyone trying to level up their presentations (it will even help for conversations)! I've studied the art of presenting for years and have a large library on the subject. This book is unique. It is a long-awaited, how-to on a powerful component to a great presentation: how to to be funny. Most people hate presenting; I myself have had horrible fear of it, but got over it. The one thing that helped me was when I happened to make people laugh. Eve [...]

    18. I picked up this book from a friend's desk and couldn't put it down, so he was forced to lend it to me! I now have to buy my own copy, since I learned so much from it, and found it to be such a fun read. As a public speaking coach, I'm always on the look-out for new material to share with students. I don't know of another book that breaks down humor in the same way so that it can be mastered and learned by others. Within a day of starting to read David's book, I was actually able to pull a piece [...]

    19. This was a phenomenal read! Not only is it well written, packed with TONS of great information, but it's also really funny! One day I was listening to the audiobook while flying back from a business trip and I kept cracking up to the point that the person sitting next to me had to ask what I was reading. I love the information that David provides in the book- not only are they great insights, but it's also easily implementable. I recall taking notes like a mad-woman as I was reading (well.ening [...]

    20. Pure gold! THE book and bible in my library for public speaking. Period.What a fantastic read, chock full of instantly usable information and techniques; and not just for comedy. This is the only book you'll need to help you succeed in front of a room. The best part is David's easy going style; he's a pure pleasure to read. Reading this book is like hanging out with a good friend who wants to tell you his every last tip and secret to make sure you shine, shine, shine like the bright star you are [...]

    21. I can't tell you how tempting it is to just say "Book good, me likey" due to the end of the book. I listened to the audio book and David Nihill is truly hilarious. He kept it very short and sweet and stuck by his own advice. This book focuses mainly on helping stand up comedians and business presenters, but still I felt like I was able to take a lot away from it just for every day conversation. The audiobook is narrated by him and I feel that, especially considering it is a comedy book, that was [...]

    22. Good pointersTakes lessons from stand up comedy to public speaking for business, not a commonly pointed out crossover but one that makes perfect sense in retrospect. The book was especially effective in that the author peppered it with his own stories that implicitly followed all his rules of good storytelling and "finding the funny". He managed to smoothly tie these stories in, which was impressive by itself but also perfectly illustrated his main points of instruction.

    23. This book is fun to read. David details his own comedic transformation, becoming a humor student. He's a charming storyteller and teacher. Readers can learn his methods. He's a gifted listener and editor who makes every word count. Most of all, he respects his audience. Humor has hypnotic power. He uses star TED speakers as examples. David can help anyone channel the untapped potential of funny. And that's no laughing matter.

    24. A great book from and the author at no cost to me.This nice little book is packed with ways to make you do a better job at trying to be funny, even if you don't want to. It is not high tech. It is not hard to read. It is, though, a refreshing way make you more comfortable when you are with a group. Just add a bit of humor and you've got it. It's in the book on how to do this.

    25. This is a book that I would want to read and reread before giving any major presentation. David nihill discusses the importance of adding comedy to every speech, and gives out countless of helpful tips and pointers for it to be successful!

    26. Great read! Proven tips and strategies for improving presentations and public speaking, whether for business-related or other occasions. I used the advice right away and received high praise and awesome feedback for a work presentation. It definitely works!

    27. David's Not Only Hilarious, He's A Great Teacher!I read this book after taking David's course on Udemy, and I've gotta say, it was completely AWESOME! Too many laugh out loud moments to count and, like his course, this is a great resource for writers and speakers alike. Well done sir.

    28. Great breakdown of speaking strategies. Very practical with exercises to apply concepts after reading about them. Well done.

    29. Good book. Me likey.A very practical and readable book filled with personal and inspiring advice. One of the few books I know I will read again.

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