Public Speaking Course:
Places are Funny
Sometimes the names of places can be funny. Cleveland sounds funny.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is funny. Seeing the humor in every
aspect of life including names of streets or places are effective skills
to learn during your public speaking course. I live just off Goodluck Road. That's funny.
My computer consultant used to live on Easy Street in Temple Hills,
Maryland. That's funny. It was hard to find him because people were
always stealing the sign.
I guarantee that if you pick up any map that has city or street names
on it, within a few seconds, you will find a funny sounding name. If you look
at it for a few minutes, you'll probably find many. Once again doing research
before you speak, say on the area of the talk, is an important skill
to learn during your public speaking course.
I just picked up my road atlas and opened it to the USA and Canada
maps in the front. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, almost jumped off the page
and into my word processor. Tuscaloosa, Alabama, wasn't far behind along
with Kalamazoo, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; Schenectady, New York; and one
of my favorites, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Keep a growing list of these
Now, I'm going to open the street map for Lanham, Maryland, where this
brilliant article was created. I told you I live off Goodluck Road and
I see that a few blocks away from my house is Elvis Lane in Presley
Manor. About a mile away is Lois Lane (I guess Superman visits there
regularly) and I recently did some work in Boniwood. That isn't funny
to you, but it was a scream around our office because my assistant's
name is Bonnie. Humor is literally waiting for you just around the corner!
And as close as your road map.
Now I live in the Little Neck area, not far from Great Neck, Little
Creek, Back Bay, and even Witchduck. That is where folks used to "duck",
or what we call today "dunk", witches. But which witches?
The Good Witch of the North, or the Wicked Witch of the West?
What you learn in my public speaking course can open a doorway to an unlimited number
of funny names related to restaurants, hotels and stores like Piggly
Wiggly, Kangaroo Katies, Motel 6, The Colonel's Kentucky Fried Chicken,
and K Mart.
Open your eyes to the humor all around you.