If you decide to become a professional speaker or use speaking as an integral part of your marketing strategy, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various types of speeches you might be asked to give. In this series of posts, I’ll give you the basics on a variety of types of presentations you can prepare. At the end of this post, I’ve listed previous articles in this series.
What is an entertaining speech?
O.K. Let’s be honest here, entertainment truly is in the eye of the beholder. What one person finds entertaining, another may find duller than dish water. So, you really have to know your audience in order to entertain them.
But what does that mean? What is an entertaining speech?
In the context of this series, an entertaining speech is one whose sole purpose is to have the audience enjoy the presentation. The purpose of an entertaining speech is not to educate, inform or inspire … it is to make the audience smile, relax, enjoy and maybe even laugh their heads off. (Figuratively, of course … real heads falling off would cause a nasty mess!)
Of course, although many — if not most — entertaining speeches are funny, they do not need to include humor to be entertaining. Dramas are entertaining but not funny, right?
How do you make a speech entertaining?
There are many ways to entertain an audience. You can:
- tell jokes
- tell funny stories
- dramatize an anecdote
- tell a scary story
When it comes right down to it … there are probably as many ways to entertain as there are entertainers … and audiences.
That said, there are some guidelines to creating an entertaining speech.
- Chose an appropriate topic:
You don’t want the topic to be too dense, complicated or heavy. Remember, you’re not trying to give your audience a greater understanding of anything. You’re there to help them have a good time.
- Enjoy yourself:
Believe it or not, it is hard for an audience to enjoy your presentation if it looks like you are not enjoying presenting it!
- Keep it simple:
Your presentation should be easy to follow. Don’t make it hard for your audience to keep up with you mentally … or in any other way.
- Make it visceral:
Use vivid word pictures. This is not the type of presentation where you can be lazy in your descriptions. Make your words pop with strong images that pop in their minds.
- Say it like a roller coaster, baby!
Add unexpected twists and turns to your presentation. When you surprise your audience with where your story is going, that adds to the entertainment factor.
Resources for developing entertaining speeches:
- List of Funny Speech Topics
- How to Write an Entertainment Speech
- How To Write Entertaining Birthday Speeches
Did you miss these?
Here are the previous posts in this “Type of Speeches” series:
The next post in this series is The Demonstration.