Nerv with Ryan Williams

David Nihill like many people, was terrified of public speaking. But unlike most people, to conquer his fear of speaking in front of groups, David spent a year studying and performing stand-up. After performing at The Improv, The Comedy Store, & Cobb's he realized that anyone can be funny when giving a talk. Yes, that means even you, or someone that thinks they aren't funny. He also learned that even people who hated public speaking like himself, could also become a great public speaker while being funny.

David has created a 7 step framework to help normal people become better and funnier public speakers. His books is called: Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker. David studied Stand-up comedians, the group of people who are the best public speakers in the world. And what he learned is that we all can be funny giving a public speech, even people who are deftly afraid of crowds. 

I'm a former stand-up comedian and I know how terrified I was performing in front of crowds. But to this day, I give better presentations to bosses, work crowds better during talks and I give funnier speeches based on my stand-up comedy practice. I'm not recommending you go sign-up for open mic comedy nights to get funnier and more comfortable in front of crowds. Instead, I recommend listening to this episode and reading Davd's book. In this episode you will learn:

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  • How to write funny material based on your own experiences to be funny when giving a talk
  • How to open your talk with a funny story or personal anecdote
  • How to connect with audiences to improve your story-telling style
  • How to draw on real-life experiences to get a crowd to laugh at the beginning of your talk
  • How to use David's tips to create a "memory palace" to remember every part of your story when on stage
  • A simple secret to using "call-backs," which means you make a mention of a topic previously covered when giving a talk
  • How to rehearse spontaneity by practicing jokes that will appear to be "off the cuff" to anyone watching you talk
  • How to get the host to sell you when making your introduction before your talk
  • How to deliver the right balance of jokes to control a room of people
83: Finding the Funny, Delivering Jokes and Adding Humor to Your Public Speaking with David Nihill
David's Funny Biz Conference:
Direct download: DavidNihill_Ep83.m4a
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