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Humorously Speaking Part 2 – Funny Metaphors

So you think that because you speak on a “serious” topic, it’s hard to be funny?  Actually, I’ve found that the drier your topic, the more vital humor is!  I get the fun of speaking about insurance and risk management a lot for a living – yeesh!  You can’t get drier than that.  I’ve found that using a funny story, any funny story, can work into my dry and boring topic and turn it into dynamic and dandy.

Take my story about “Driving Miss Mindy” (see below)  I can use a great deal of that story as an opening for a conversation on safety and risk management.  After a smooth transition (we’ll talk about that later) you might hear me develop the idea of

  • mentoring new commercial drivers to reduce accidents;
  • mentoring teen drivers to reduce your personal auto rates;
  • discuss the importance of making your entire team conscious of safety; or
  • the importance of umbrella liability insurance for anyone

I could go and on and on but you will be spared.  I don’t want you to leave just yet!

Bottom line – you can relate any humorous personal story you’ve “uncovered” (see Part 1) and make it a metaphor for your topic or industry.  It can actually be fun.  Try it out and then test it.  You may find a gem.

P.S. Do you want to learn how to really make your story so funny that it will leave your audience laughing in the aisles?  Come to my Storytelling Boot Camp on Saturday, September 13 on Bainbridge Island.  This is a one-day boot camp you won’t want to miss.  Why?  Because you will walk in with a story and walk out with a masterpiece.  Guaranteed!  To take advantage of my Early Bird Special – click here.

Humorously Speaking Part 1 – Uncovering Humor

The 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking Craig Valentine has a great way of introducing humor in your speech.  He says you must “uncover” your humor, instead of trying to force it or tell a joke.  I couldn’t agree more.

For example, when watching my humorous speech, “Driving Miss Mindy”, you will see that I am in a situation that was clearly not funny at the time.  Not funny for me or anyone in the car that day.  But after stepping aside from the incident, you can look back and laugh at the situation.  In a sense, you’ve “uncovered” humor.  In fact, you will probably find that most of your funniest moments are borne out of “tragedy”.  If you want to see a great example of this, watch one of your favorite situation comedies on television.  What makes you laugh?  If you’re like me, you are finding the weird misfortunes being dealt to our protagonist friends, and we enjoy watching how they deal (or don’t deal) with the situation.  Sort of like my story.

Think about the stories you like to tell at family gatherings or with friends.  Uncover the humor and find a way to integrate that story into your next presentation.  In the next post, you will hear how you can take any story and make it a metaphor for your speech…really.  See you then!

Life is Good

My daughters’ Fathers Day gift to me every year is watching the US Open together.  This year has been extra special.  As I write this, I’m sitting in front of the TV, working on my lap top, hanging out with my recently graduated daughter Kelli – watching Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate duke it out in an instant classic Open. 

Is there anything better than owning your own business so you have the flexibility to have these moments?  I think not!



Using Humor in Your Speeches

I had the great opportunity to give a speech at the 2008 Toastmasters Region 1 Humorous Speech Showcase last night in Seattle.  I decided to take my 2007 District 32 International Speech Contest speech titled “Stop!”, strip away all the ‘message’, and add more humor.  Why?  Because it was funny and I figured if I added more humor in the places where the ‘messsage’ was, it would make a great humorous speech.  I think it worked.  Below, you can watch this speech recorded on June 13, 2008.  Over the next few articles, you will learn how to add humor to any presentation you are giving, whether Toastmasters or business. 

Stay tuned…but watch this presentation as I will refer back to it…


One of those days…

One of my favorite speeches of all time comes from the 2000 World Champion of Public Speaking, Ed Tate. His speech titled “One of Those Days” Is both insightful and humorous. Unfortunately, for me and my family, it’s been one of those weeks.

Last Sunday, my 18-year old daughter Kelli went to the emergency room with a severe asthma attack. When I say severe, I mean it. She stayed in the hospital for three days. If you are a parent, you know the terror you feel when your child’s life is in any kind of danger. Fortunately, she received fantastic aid from the hospital and will be fine. One of the hard parts is that this was her last week of classes and she is set to graduate Saturday. We are praying that she will be allowed to participate.

The irony of the moment is not lost on me. It’s a very emotional thing to be in an emergency situation. It’s also an emotional time when your youngest daughter graduates from high school. Of course that means TWO kids in college but I digress.

Life goes by fast. It only seems like yesterday when my kids were graduating from pre-school. Now they are fine young ladies who are starting to lead their own lives without our help. Kelli’s scare brings that reality even closer.

For me, I needed to take stock in my priorities. Yes, I’ve been fortunate to spend a lot of time with my daughters and being involved in their lives. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t take a lot of things for granted. This medical scare and the pending graduation is a reminder to me to savor the “ordinary” times with your family – playing a game of cribbage, watching a movie, or simply driving to church together. Our careers, obligations, and material possessions are important, but not as important as our family.

I had the opportunity to learn how to run a speaking business from Ed Tate. One thing I will always remember is him saying that our inventory is our time. As true as that is about our careers, it’s as much true about our families.

I know I’m going to work harder at keeping mine stocked. What about you?

The Daily 8

To my Send Out Cards team and friends…

How many of you are checking in regularly The Daily 8? Don’t know what The Daily 8 is? Time to find out!

Training and education is critical for success in any business, wouldn’t you agree? Send Out Cards has an excellent web site – The Daily 8 – from which you can gain valuable training tips to help you grow your business faster. They also have a blog that you can access with timely suggestions on how you can reach your goals.

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Jump-start your business today by taking a few minutes every day to educate yourself. It’s a great investment in your business.


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How to Survive and Flourish in a Tough Economy

Want to know how to not only survive, but flourish in tough economic times?  As you may know, I’m an Alan Weiss “disciple”.  Alan is the author of Million Dollar Consultant (R) and many other books on value-based fees and speaking.  I gain much value from Alan from his blogs and one that popped up today may be useful to you, too.

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