Using Jokes in your Speech to Save you from Awkward Situations
If you’ve ever spoken in front of a crowd, you probably noticed there were some “X-Factors” you couldn’t control. When large groups of people get together, unexpected things happen. Even when the best public-speakers (well-prepared, knowledgeable, confident, and hard-working people) give speeches they might run into a few snags from time to time. You can’t control everything, but humor can help defuse a situation and get the speech back on track. And having a joke or two up your sleeve just in case it happens will unify the room and make you look like you are in control of your audience. In the stand-up comedy world we call them “savers”, a good comic will have a joke for any scenario that might arise, and there is no reason you can’t have a few savers for your speech as well!
Here are five “savers” for some common scenarios you might run into while giving a speech. (Remember these are general jokes meant for anyone to use or personalize in a way they see fit. If you want jokes personally tailored to your public speaking style, check out the orders page.)
1) Running Late
I’m sorry for my lateness, before I left my home this morning I was practicing my speech in front of my dog, I refused to leave until he gave me a standing ovation… it took a while.
2) A group of people are talking during your speech
This speech is so good; those guys in the back are talking about it already!
3) You lost your place in your speech
I’m sorry, I usually never lose track of where I am… I’m just not used to talking in front of such a good looking group of people!
Flattery can get you out of almost any situation!
4) Your Cell Phone Goes Off Mid-Speech
I will answer all calls from the media after the speech!
5) The room is unusually hot.
It’s pretty hot in here and we are all probably going sweat a few pounds off. You are getting a very special two for one today… My speech will not only be educational but a great way to lose weight!
I’d love to help you save the day!