Public Speaking Tips:
Words are FunnySome words are simply funnier than others. You learn that early in your study of the Public Speaking Tips. Your word choice can be the key to creating a successful witty line or a dud. All professional comedy writers agree on the following fact. The sound of certain words can virtually guarantee a laugh. In particular, the 'K' sound in words is the granddaddy of all humorous sounds. In Neil Simon's play, The Sunshine Boys, Willy, a main character, gives his nephew a lecture about comedy:
"Fifty-seven years in this business, you learn a few things. You know what words are humorous and which words are not humorous. Alka Seltzer is humorous. You say "Alka Seltzer" you get a laugh . . . Words with "k" in them are humorous. Casey Stengel, that's a humorous name. Robert Taylor is not humorous. Cupcake is humorous. Tomato is not humorous. Cookie is humorous. Cucumber is humorous. Car keys. Cleveland . . . Cleveland is humorous. Maryland is not humorous. Then, there's chicken. Chicken is humorous. Pickle is humorous."
Is "Spea-king" humorous? Or Publick, as in the old spelling? If that be your aim, being humorous is part of the Public Speaking Tips. Even if you are not "humorous", being humorous, so to better connect with your audience is definitely a part of the Public Speaking Tips.
Someone actually researched why the 'k' sound is humorous. It has something to do with the sounds we, as babies, associated with comfort. Like cootchie-coo, cuddle, cozy, etc. Note that these words don't have a 'K' in them, but they have the 'K' sound. Kinda Crazy, huh? Or how about Captain Kangaroo? That brings up a humorous thought or two.
Those turkeys over at XYA (remember no Z's allowed) company can't hold a candle to our team of installers.
I'll bet you a cupcake to a cucumber the blue team will outsell the gold team.
So kids, keep on keeping on in your Public Speaking Tips.
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