The Craft of Comedy for Speakers @ Free Times Cafe, Toronto [15 May]

The Craft of Comedy for Speakers

10:30 - 17:30

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Free Times Cafe
320 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S3
NOTE: This workshop is limited to 12 participants.


A common speaker’s joke starts with the question, ‘Do I have to be funny?’ The answer, of course, is, ‘Only if you want to get paid.’ The truth is that no matter how serious your topic, or no matter how tragic the story… humour always plays a major role in your ability to connect with your audience and keep them engaged. But what if you’re not naturally funny? What if you can’t tell a joke to save your life? What if you can’t find a place in your story to insert a laugh?

But this workshop isn’t just about learning how to find the funny; it’s about taking the story you have and enhancing it with humour. This is the stuff that separates the professionals from the amateurs. Our unique exercises use the craft of comedy to improve memorability, audience engagement, impact, effectiveness and well, everything, including even your speaker fee!

You will work on:

+ Where and how to insert a laugh for comedic relief or to make a point more pointed.

+ The 4 fundamentals of funny

+ How to develop a humour mindset

+ The vocabulary of comedy

+ Timing and pacing

In addition, you will use your own material or prepared story in exercises specifically designed to add smiles, snickers and big belly laughs to your talk.

And as a double bonus, you'll see how the principles for getting a smile or laugh are the same principles when making a dramatic or though-provoking point. (Yes, seriously.) Intrigued? Reserve and register now…

This workshop is part of a series that has been specifically designed for people who want to improve as speakers – whether your focus is motivational and inspirational speaking, keynoting, speak-to-sell, informational speaking and training… or changing the world.
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