- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: BenBella Books (1 June 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1942952279
- ISBN-13: 978-1942952275
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker Paperback – 1 Jun 2016
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"David Nihill talks funny. He also writes funny. But his book isn't just entertaining, it's incredibly useful. It's packed with effective and easy-to-implement tips that have helped me in my presentations."
--AJ Jacobs, author of Drop Dead Healthy and The Year of Living Biblically
"The best public speaking book of all time."
"Your next talk will be 10 times more entertaining if you read this book."
--Charlie Hoehn, author of Play It Away: A Workaholic's Cure for Anxiety
"The best book of public speaking techniques on the market."
"This is a book you don't just read, it's a book you DO. Look, I'm such an expert in this field that I'm quoted in the book, and even I learned a tremendous amount reading it, so I'm gonna guess you will too."
--Bill Grundfest, Golden Globe Winner, 3 Time Emmy Nominee, Founder of NYC's Comedy Cellar
"It is one of those rare books that makes you think, laugh, and embrace your quirky self. In an inspiring and entertaining manner, Do You Talk Funny? teaches you how to find your inner storytelling mojo. A great read!"
--Michael Margolis, CEO, Get Storied
"Not only does David nail how to add funny to your talks, he also practices what he preaches in this very entertaining read. My two complaints are: 1) This book didn't exist when I started as a speaker and 2) I didn't write it."
--Andrew Tarvin, author of Humor That Works, award-winning speaker, NYC-based comedian
"From writing to performing to where to put your hands, David Nihill will help you become a more humorous storyteller."
--Peter McGraw, University of Colorado professor, director of the Humor Research Lab (HuRL), coauthor of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny
"Read this book and you'll enjoy presenting to people, they'll enjoy listening to you and crucially they'll happily retain your message. A riveting read, a super story, and awesome advice."
--Neal O'Gorman, CEO, Artomatix
"David's rich life experiences shine through in this wildly entertaining guide to public speaking. Whether you're reading it for fun or to stand out at your next business presentation, I promise you'll be inspired."
--Sami Aziz, Producer on ABC's Shark Tank and two-time Emmy Award Winner
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I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. First, it's well-edited and logically presented. As a technical writer and editor by trade and by nature, that really DOES matter to me. Nothing makes me question the validity of an advice book more than poor editing and awkward organization. I can't relax and enjoy poorly presented writing of any kind.
Yes, the book really IS funny. But more than that, the author gives clear, actionable steps for crafting humorous presentations--extremely valuable for those of us who speak in public. I also appreciate that the author shared his own fears of public speaking. He isn't one of those people who lives to stand in front of an audience. He started his public speaking journey just like the rest of us do--it came with a job. In his case, the job was a task he'd set for himself--helping a friend in need. I found it so easy to relate to his journey because all of the public speaking I've had to do has been job related.
The other thing I appreciated about this book is how well the author shows that humorous public speaking requires actual WORK. No one will become funnier simply because of reading this book. However, anyone who follows the advice and exercises in the book will be able to better engage their audiences through artful use of humor.
I'm a member of a local Toastmasters club, completed my CC and working on a double DTM (if you're into TM, then you know what I mean). I was raised on PBS, British comedies, and have a highly idiosyncratic sense of humour - meaning that, generally, only long-time friends and family members get my humour. I'm fairly adept at academic, inspirational and informational speaking, but felt that I could use some humour training. I found Mr. Nihill's blog very helpful. That's how I ended up getting to review the book.
This book takes the info on the blog (and his information out there in inter-verse) to a whole new level. I've read it once and plan on reading it again very soon. I was so engrossed that I would make up fictitious spills on my tablet screen so my co-workers didn't know I was taking it into the lavatory to read during my water-closeting breaks. The tone is conversational, like a public-speaking mentor you go out for pints with (which might count for the bit of wordiness here and there). The examples and suggestions are realistic and easy to comprehend. This is not an academic treatise or a "philosophy of funny" thesis - it's a good, basic, nuts and bolts guide to developing the skills necessary to grow as a humourous speaker. Maybe it is a bit basic for those of you who are naturally gifted and who pull gufffaws out of people like bonobos pick chits out of fur, but for those of us who stumble in that area (being funny, not chit-picking), - the book is a real value. I wish I'd read this book before I gave my Humourous Speech Contest bomb on the Cain and Abel story. I'll be recommending it to a newbie Toastmaster I eventually get selected to mentor.
Other than a free review book, I didn't get chit for writing this.
The book is filled with stories that illustrate his points. Then when you get to the end, he gives you a link to a page full of video clips to help you see what he's talking about in action. He also sums the book up for you in the end with his short 80 tips. (And here I was highlighting like a mad man.) Best of all, he invites all who buy this book into a private Facebook group where members can upload and help critique each other's presentations. With all these added bonuses, this book is more than just a book, it's an entire class! He could have charged $50-$100 or more and it still would have been a killer deal.
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