Hire Someone to Add Humor to Your Speeches
I’m still continuing to develop my craft. In addition, I’m developing a new keynote, and like you, I’m planning to hire someone to help me with laugh lines. Unfortunately, it's very hard for me to recommend particular people, because it's important that your style of comedy aligns with theirs. Comedy writers tend to stick to one or two styles of humor, so it's important to be sure whoever you pick resonates with your style. But since you specifically asked, here are three you might consider:
However, at the end of your email, you said that you’re looking for five-minute vignettes about your life experiences, and you want them to be conversational, entertaining, and funny. To me, you’re also asking about storytelling.
Humor and Storytelling
When it comes to developing your stories as an entertaining professional speaker, I recommend Kevin Allison (The Head Instructor at The Story Studio), Doug Stevenson (Creator of The Story Theater Method), and Lou Heckler (Keynote Speaker and Coach).
- How to Tell Better Stories
- The Rules of Story
- How to Be Memorable: Crafting a Story
- How Understanding Toy Story Can Help You Get Into College (don't let the title fool you)
- Everyday Storytelling
- Storytelling Lessons from the Superbowl
- How to Be Memorable: Storytelling Tricks
- The Traditional Art of Storytelling
- How to Learn More about Storytelling
I've also written about how to be conversational:
Finally, as you already know, Toastmasters is a good place to get started with a mentor. In addition, I would recommend you reach out to your local chapter of the National Speaker's Association and see if you can find another person to mentor you.
I hope this helps, and let me know what you decide to do.
This is Lisa B. Marshall changing organizations, changing lives, and changing the world through better communication. If you’d like to learn more about leadership, influence, and communication, I invite you to read my bestselling books, Smart Talk and Ace Your Interview and listen to my other podcast, Smart Talk. As always, your success is my business.