Humorous Speaking and Knickers!

I just came back from a Network of Women Lunch and have to say that the speaker gave one of the best examples of adding humour to an ‘after dinner’ talk ever.

The talk was given by Carleen Keleman, Director at The Partnership Office for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and the title of her talk was ‘Does My Economy Look Big In This?’  Carleen was basically giving a talk about the current economical climate – local, national and global and although many a speaker might give a dull speech on such a topic, Carleen delivered one of the most entertaining talks I’ve witnessed in a long time.

In short, Carleen used her previous experience in the lingerie industry to come up with the most wonderful metaphors – likening the economy to – well – knickers!  She likened restrained economies to thongs and ‘Spanx’ (ie sexy corsets) and went on to talk about how economies which allowed for growth were like ‘Bridget Jones’ knickers’.

Having studied A Level Economics, I always found this subject to be, frankly, a bit of a bore – not any more!  Carleen made this topic interesting, informative and highly entertaining – and I will never view the subject in the same way again – ever!  She had her audience enthralled and engaged – and that’s every organiser’s dream when it comes to the reaction of an audience to a speaker.

It just shows what can be achieved with a little thought – humour goes a long way to adding value into any speech or presentation.  However, in order to include humour, you have to spend time thinking about the content of your talk, how to structure it and the purpose of your message.  Add a theme – and especially a humorous theme and your talk is guaranteed to be a hit.

So – how will you theme your next talk – and how will you add humour for interest and entertainment value?

Wishing you every speaking success


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