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Stand-Up Comedy Techniques for Professional Speakers and Trainers

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Grange Strathmore Hotel

41 Queen's Gate Gardens

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SW7 5NB

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Do you want to build a reputation as a funny professional speaker?

Do you want to be more charismatic, memorable and persuasive?

Do you want to get booked more frequently as a speaker?

Do you want to be the go-to expert in your field?

Do you want to switch careers to be a professional speaker or trainer?

Workshop summary

You will learn how to use stand-up comedy and improvisation techniques to be more confident, engaging and charismatic. Through fun and practical exercises you will find your own natural humour, and discover how to explain your speech content in more accessible and entertaining ways. The workshop is designed specifically for professional speakers and trainers who need to make their audiences relax and laugh more. Discover the secrets to building a career as a funny professional speaker.

The exercises used in the workshop have been developed by David Jones over his ten years as a stand-up comedy teacher and a professional public speaking coach. As a result, this immersive workshop is completely different from any other presentation training.

If you ain’t funny, you better get funny

Despite being experts in their field, many speakers don’t communicate in an effective or memorable way. They’re often dry, uninspiring and unfunny. As a result, they don’t get rebooked as a speaker. But if you want to have impact and influence, if you want to be memorable and get rebooked, if you want to increase your speaker fee, then you need to be more charismatic and include humour when you speak.

The ability to make an audience laugh is one of the greatest assets a speaker can have. Whether you’re giving a technical presentation, a keynote speech, or a sales pitch, research shows that audiences are more attentive and receptive to your ideas if you make them laugh. Therefore, most professional speakers will tell you “if you ain’t funny, you better get funny”. But if you ain’t funny, don’t worry, because most stand-up comedians will tell you “being funny is a learnt skill”. Most stand-ups have been on comedy courses to learn the skills.

Why communication fails

Many speakers make the mistake of thinking that if they say the right words in the right order then the audience will understand what is being said, and that they will also be convinced by the arguments. But many obstacles can prevent understanding and agreement. To avoid this, speakers need a different approach to quickly build rapport and win the trust of audiences.

The effect of humour

Studies show that speakers who use humour to make an audience smile and laugh are seen as more likeable and trustworthy. Humour also helps to communicate messages, increase understanding and consensus, while reducing the status gap between speaker and audience.

In a world of mass media and information overload there is increasing appreciation of communicators who are distinctive and memorable, and who can make people laugh. Culturally, stand-up comedians have grown in status and impact.

The transferrable skills of stand-up comedians

To make an audience laugh and think, stand-up comedians are doing much more than simply saying the words that make jokes. They exploit a wide range of comedic, improvisational and rhetorical skills that are heightened by the use of timing, body language and tone of voice. As well as being confident, funny and charismatic, comedians are experts at instantly connecting with the audience, and keeping them engaged on a complex or unfamiliar journey to the “Aha!” moment (punchline) that reveals a new or unexpected resolution.

Innovative speakers and trainers can adopt this set of skills to command attention, make the audience relax, and win them round to their point of view. By using humour and storytelling to present their content in entertaining and accessible bite-sized chunks, speakers can take the audience on a narrative journey to the “Aha!” moment of discovery and understanding.

If you are charismatic, you can take the audience on whatever journey you want. And making them laugh along the way is more likely to move them to action and to seal the deal.

The workshop

This is not plain old presentation skills training. This workshop is highly interactive, fast-paced and fun. It consists of 10 practical exercises focused on specific skills used by comedians and other charismatic speakers. In each exercise you will make at least one short presentation, after which you will receive constructive feedback. This intensive practice helps you to learn and reinforce the techniques so you improve quickly.

You will learn a toolbox of stand-up and improv techniques that will allow you to:

  • be more relaxed and natural on stage
  • let your own authentic personality and humour shine through
  • be more likable, charismatic and confident
  • quickly connect with the audience
  • understand how to use appropriate humour to create laughter
  • find humour “in the moment”
  • deliver humorous material so it doesn’t fall flat
  • use personal storytelling to keep audiences engaged
  • speak off-the-cuff with more fluency, precision and humour
  • turn dry facts and information into accessible and entertaining material.

The workshop also gives advice on how to develop a career as a professional speaker, as well as insights and tips on how to find and book speaking gigs.

There are only ten places on the workshop. This gives everyone significant stage time, while creating the pressure of an audience to speak in front of.

Expert trainer: Dr David Jones

I’m a professional speaker, trainer and public speaking coach. My speaking career includes international conferences, stand-up comedy, after-dinner speaking and Master of Ceremonies. I now specialise in teaching people how to use stand-up comedy techniques to be more charismatic, confident and funnier public speakers.

I did more than 500 stand-up comedy gigs and was the regular MC at comedy clubs. That experience transformed my public speaking, and equipped me with the skills to build a new career as a professional speaker and trainer. I now spend half my working life doing this.

My other passion is biology – I have a PhD in zoology, and I spend the other half of my time working as a research biologist.

I have more than 1,200 hours of stage time as a professional speaker and trainer, including:

  • five years of doing stand-up comedy, and being an MC at comedy clubs in London
  • ten years of teaching stand-up comedy
  • professional speaker, with more than 200 paid talks and after-dinner speeches
  • professional trainer with almost 300 training sessions
  • about 50 conference presentations, and chairing conference sessions.
  • lecturing to undergraduates and postgraduates in UK and overseas universities.

I’m also the five-times winner of the Toastmasters’ UK & Ireland Impromptu Speech (Table Topics) championships.

All that’s not bad for a shy introvert who grew up with a severe stammer, and was terrified of speaking in public until his mid-twenties.

Please note:

  • this is not a joke-writing workshop. If you want to develop a 5-minute comedy routine, then join one of my stand-up comedy courses
  • there is no time on this workshop for me to edit your speeches or comedy material. Please contact me to discuss my speech and comedy writing/editing services
  • to get the most out of this workshop, you must take part in all the speaking exercises
  • lunch and refreshments are not included. Food and drinks are available from the hotel, and there are cafes nearby for lunch
  • I reserve the right to decline registrations.
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