Public Speaking Course:
A fun way to create humor during your speech is to exaggerate certain parts. You will practice this technique during
your public speaking course. It's similar to an artist that
outrageously exaggerates the features of an individual when creating a
caricature, while still
keeping the person recognizable. So when using exaggeration in your
presentation you are basically doing a caricature in words. By using
these words you "paint" a picture to the audience that helps
them focus on what you are presenting to them.
I did a speaking engagement one time for Secretaries Day at a large
insurance company. I was making a point about how hectic it always was
for the secretaries. It went like this,
"You're answering the telephone, the fax machine is ringing, you're
making copies, and you're filing every policy clear back to 1910."
The secretaries could relate to each item I said, because they obviously
did lots of filing, but certainly NOT as far back as 1910.
Exaggerating this date was funny to them and definitely made the point
that they always had lots of work piled up.
The key to using exaggeration is to inflate or deflate whatever you
are talking about so much that it is obviously an exaggeration. In the
last example you wouldn't want to use the year 1999 if you were doing
the talk in 2000 because it is very likely that an insurance company
would really be working on a file for a year or more. That's not funny.
Of course, who am I to tell you what is funny. I spent two terms in
the third grade . . . Truman's and Eisenhower's. hahahahahahaa
Remember during your public speaking course you will learn to use exaggeration
to make your point and presentation memorable.