The importance of using humour in speeches – a visit to Hamwic Speakers

Are you self employed?  Have you found your career going down paths you never thought it would?  I was recently asked to speak at a Toastmasters event, and it made me realise how much my career has diversified.

Dan Harrison, a regular guest at Basingstoke Comedy Club Laughter-House, and a member of Hamwic Speakers, asked  me, as a  poet & comedian, if I could give  the group some ideas on how to bring humour into speeches.  I decided the best way of doing this was to give them ten minutes of my own speech and then ‘break it down’ to show them how I made it funny.

It was a lovely evening; lively and buzzy, and there were guests from other groups as well.  It was  so enjoyable to share  techniques with them.  Steve Bimpson, an attendee from Wessex Speakers, was kind enough to write this review of the evening.

Some of the members asked me afterwards if I’m running a full workshop soon.   I’m pleased to say there will be a two hour fully interactive workshop in Basingstoke on Wednesday 17 October.

Places are limited, and guests who book before 30 September can take advantage of an Early Bird Discount.

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