Public Speaking Course:
As you will learn during your public speaking course a parody simply
means a funny imitation of a person, event, song or
serious piece of writing. I have a great time doing parodies during a presentation and
so does the audience.
The way I use a parody is to change the words of a recognizable song.
I get the audience members to sing along with me by putting the words
in their handouts or giving out a song sheet. (The latter method keeps
the whole segment hidden so I can surprise them.) I get the words to
customize the song from my pre-program research and assemble them in
a funny way.
Simply take any recognizable tune, change the words, and sing it yourself
or get the audience to sing along. Getting the audience singing along
is a great way to interact and
get them involved.
*Parody is generally protected from copyright infringement, but get
competent legal advice before using this technique.