Public Speaking Course:
You will learn about how to use mock ups the right way in my public
To add some funny material to your presentations you can create fake
newspaper articles, headlines and book covers by using your computer
software and printer. This is called a mockup.
To mock up a newspaper article, simply find the column function of your word processor and set the column width to approximate a real
newspaper. It really does not matter that you don't have actual newsprint to hold up because you could have simply cut the article from
a newspaper and had it photocopied. If you want to actually use a real
newspaper, you would have to go through a very lengthy process of trying
to shade a piece of laser paper to approximate the color of your newspaper. I guess you could also find some actual newsprint
that would feed through your printer.
But making a mock up is sufficient. The easiest way is to simply paste
or tape your headline or article on one of the inside pages of a real
newspaper and then open the paper so you can read the paste up, but
the audience will think it is a real newspaper.
Humorist and parody writer David Glickman gave me this really
great humorous idea . You can create "mock
ups" that are not limited to just newspapers. He uses his color
inkjet printer to duplicate the black box and yellow letters that are on the front of all the Dummies
series of books. He then pastes his new title over the one on an actual
Dummies book. The rest of the cover is so busy that people only focus
on the big black box. From a distance you can't even tell it is a mockup.
I just used this technique for a big cable company. The title
was, Digital Cable TV Maintenance and Installation for Dummies. It is
not too funny to you, but to the targeted audience it was hilarious.
You can also mock up fake telegrams and letters from well known
people who are not at your public speaking event.