Learning Objectives Learn about the different types of humor Learn when and why you should use humor in your speeches Learn what kind of humor you can safely use, depending on your audience. Learn the difference between using humor and telling jokes. Learn how to deal with humor that doesn't go as expected. Pre-requisites Having completed the previous projects of the Basic Educational Path Elements Microphone: May be used Notes: Must not be used Presentation Software: May be used Lectern / Podium: Must not be used Time Part 1 Speech 8 min 9 min 10 min Analysis 5 min 6 min 7 min Part 2 Speech 5 min 6 min 7 min Project Outline This is a two-part project, to be done in two meetings (not necessarily consecutive) For the first part, you need to do a Speech Analysis of a selected speech for use of humor and its effectiveness. You should especially concentrate in analyzing the types of humor used. For the second part, you need to prepare and deliver a speech that has a significant component of humorous elements. The delivered speech should have at least three humorous elements, each taken from one of the following groups: Self-deprecating humor Exaggerations / Hyperboles or Understatements Sarcasm Satire When people laugh at your humor, remember to give them enough space and time to laugh. Don't rush the continuation. If a joke doesn't go well, don't laugh at it, and -even worse - don't repeat it or try to explain it or make the audience "get it". Just continue normally, as if what you said wasn't intended to be a joke anyway. The speech should use all techniques of humor, but should not be about humor nor about public speaking. The speech should have all the characteristics of the previous projects. Humor should have a supporting and not primary role. If all that the audience can remember from your speech are your jokes or puns, then you've failed : the main goal is still getting your message across. Project Description (In Progress) Evaluation Card Part 1 - Speech Analysis Part 2 - Speech Delivery Tips and Hints ... External Resources ... Note: Please always check with the official Agora Speakers International Wiki for the latest versions of the educational projects.