Feb 02

The Power of Myth for Speakers

Stories and storytelling can be quite a powerful thing when it comes to delivering speeches. Whilst we don’t necessarily have to tell epic stories that go on for many, many days I think that it’s useful for us to be aware of how stories are structured.

We also shouldn’t feel obliged to include all of the elements that I’m going to discuss here. This is just what appears in plays, screenplays, myths and novels. These areas come up again and again. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

101 Presentation Hacks

In my attempt to try and help level the public speaking playing field I present you with a list of 101 Presentation Hacks. I’ve tried to break them up into categories so the list is slightly easier to digest. For additional information check out my post on interesting research presentations.


1. Finding a subject; you either pick it yourself or it’s given to you by your job

2. Find your passion in the subject. If you like it, we’ll like it. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 28

Memory Hack: How to Learn a speech in 24 hours!

How to Learn Your Speech

Following on from my last post about memory, I thought I’d share with you a technique I learned last year (2008) for memorising a speech in 24 hours!! If you’re one of my British readers you’re probably thinking “Boll*cks, that’s not possible”. Well, it is because I’ve done it. TWICE.

Doesn’t matter whether you’re creating a funny presentation or not. This technique simply works. If you’re wondering how to learn a speech, you’re about to discover an absolutely great technique.
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Jan 26

To Memorise, or not Memorise

“The man who writes out and memorises his talks is wasting his time and energy and courting disaster” – Dale Carnegie

During my development as a public speaker I have often wrestled with whether I should memorise my speeches or not. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 23

Lessons from President Obama’s Inaugural Speech

Here’s the inaugural speech of President Obama. (Note: the full transcript is available below)

I don’t really want to say too much about it as a lot of people have given their two pence worth already. But I never want it to be said that the Pro Humorist didn’t chip in on this momentous occasion! Read the rest of this entry »

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