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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.


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