Public Speaking Course:
Fake Facts and Statistics
Here is a fun technique practiced in my public speaking course. You can state funny false information to the audience as if it were absolutely true. I am sure you can think of some humorous false information to include in your presentation, just make sure the statements you use are obviously false by your words and your facial expressions.
When stating your false facts, don't leave any doubt in the audience's mind whether you are being funny or not. By using your skills learned during your public speaking course, you can control the impression received.
A deadpan expression, or keeping a straight face, is a good way to give fake facts and statistics. Also, you should really, really sound like you are trying to convince the audience that what your saying is absolutely true. This overemphasis of the truth also tells the audience you are lying.
During a Secretaries Day function I used an extremely serious voice when I told the audience how scientific studies had been done showing that the only reason executives became executives was because they couldn't make it as secretaries. They loved it.
Another way you can build up your joke is to use official sounding sources for the information. 'A study done for the Alaskan Pipeline Workers Union indicated that 97.2 percent of Alaskan Pipeline Workers wear No Nonsense panty hose.'
When using this type of humor, it is better to use 'exact numbers' which adds an extra comic emphasis.
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