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A community of speakers who REALLY know how to...
Own a stage
Focus on delighting the audience, rather than indulging the speaker
Build rapport with listeners
Hold an audience's attention... as in REALLY hold it
Deliver knock-out stories
Communicate with crystal clarity
Win over tricky, even hostile, crowds
Bring ideas to life without reliance on a slide-deck
Speak with immaculate timing
And CHANGE the way an audience thinks and feels.
The world of the elite stand-up #comedian.
Irrespective of whether you're looking to be more humorous, there's plenty of serious lessons to learn here too (see Comment links below - re: timing, use of space, storytelling skills, empathy with an audience).
A great comedian's delivery may appear effortless. Their content may come across as delightfully simple. The warmth of audience response may strike you as automatic.
But make no mistake...
The skill, not to mention hours and HOURS of work, that goes into achieving those outcomes is immense.
As one experienced U.S.-based comedian commented:
"I've built a 20 year career on the club circuit off 92 minutes of material. Book me for anything up to 92 minutes and I'll smash it. Book me for any longer than that and I'll bomb in the 93rd minute."
I'll share a few favourite comic clips into the Comments below.
Which communicators do you admire?
Who can we learn from?
#humour #comedy #publicspeaking #storytelling #inspiration