Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker

Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker

by David Nihill
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Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker by David Nihill


Public speaking can be terrifying. For David Nihill, the idea of standing in front of an audience was scarier than cliff jumping into a thorny pit of spiders and mothers-in-law. Without a parachute or advanced weaponry. Something had to change.

In what doesn’t sound like the best plan ever, David decided to overcome his fears by pretending to be an accomplished comedian called "Irish Dave" for one full year, crashing as many comedy clubs, festivals, and shows as possible. One part of the plan was at least logical: he was already Irish and already called Dave.

In one year, David went from being deathly afraid of public speaking to hosting a business conference, regularly performing stand-up comedy and winning storytelling competitions in front of packed houses. And he did it by learning from some of the best public speakers in the world: stand-up comedians.

Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker shows how the key principles of stand-up comedy can be applied to your speaking engagements and presentations to make you funnier, more interesting, and better looking. (Or at least two of the three.) Whether you are preparing for a business presentation, giving a wedding toast, defending your thesis, raising money from investors, or simply want to take on something you're afraid of, this book will take you from sweaty to stage-ready.

You’ll learn how to:
- Craft a story and content that your audience will want to listen to
- Find the funniest parts of your material and how to get to them faster
- Deal with stage fright
- Master the two most important parts of your performance: timing and delivery

Ten percent of the author's proceeds from this book will go to Arash Bayatmakou via Help Hope Live until he is fully back on his feet and thereafter to one of the many facing the same challenges after suffering a severe spinal cord injury.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942952275
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Pages: 196
Sales rank: 652,028
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


David Nihill was born in Dublin, Ireland. After graduating with a Master's Degree in Business in 2003, he moved to San Francisco where he worked for the Irish government helping startups expand rapidly. He has been involved with startup companies ever since. David is the Founder of FunnyBizz Conferences, a community conference series helping content creators tap into the power of storytelling, comedy, and improv to create better content. He has performed stand-up comedy at California's leading clubs including Cobbs, the Comedy Store, the Improv and the Punchline even though he strongly denies being a comedian and is well aware most people don't understand his accent. His learning, taken from one year's intensive experiments in comedy, performed on someone from the business community with a huge initial fear of public speaking (i.e. him!) have been featured in Inc. and Forbes, among others. He loves sharks, still dislikes public speaking, and calls San Francisco home when immigration officials permit.

Nils Parker is the editor of multiple New York Times, Amazon, and Wall Street Journal bestselling books, including I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell and Assholes Finish First by Tucker Max, Trust Me, I'm Lying and The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday, and Choose Yourself by James Altucher. He loves comedy, Cal football and his wife. Not necessarily in that order.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xiii

Introduction xv

#1 Start with a Story 1

#2 Add Humor-Find the Funny 19

#3 Write Funny 45

#4 Rehearsed Spontaneity 63

#5 Delivery 81

#6 Control the Audience 103

#7 Close the Book, but Not Fully-Permanent Beta 115

Conclusion 133

Further Material 141

Tipliography 143

Acknowledgments 161

Notes 165

About the Author 173

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Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarious, full of stories, and packed with useful information. I'd recommend this to anyone trying to get better at public speaking or just being funny in general. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're an aspiring speaker, a public figure in any way, or you ever talk in front of TWO or more people (...), get this book. You'll be glad you did. Super easy read, with actionable advice. You won't want to put it down (which becomes an issue when you realize you should pause and try practicing the techniques, as Dave suggests). Dave has done a terrific job of distilling the best techniques from comedy for public speaking of all kinds. It makes so much sense that you wonder why no one thought of doing it sooner – because humor is such a sure-fire way to draw people in. Often these books ("recommendations for this / how the best do that") leave you with a nebulous idea of how to implement the advice. Not this one. Concrete examples and recommendations mean you can put the book down (can you?) and immediately begin making your public remarks crisper, more engaging.
Paulreads More than 1 year ago
'Do You Talk Funny?' was written for business speakers, and maybe an aspiring TED talk-er or two, with an eye to allowing them to intersperse tried-and-true humor in their presentations. From the time I began reading, I realized the book's step-by-step tips and overall outlook would really help me as an adult ESL teacher and writer, and as a translator: I once actually worked on a text in a subject that's been (peculiarly, I thought) dear to me since college, the philosophy of comedy, and I thought for sure its author and I were the only ones so fascinated. Now here's David Nihill (with his 'rule of three', coincidentally), both fascinated and fascinating as he delves into all manner of comedic profundities. 'Do You Talk Funny?' thus lives up to its title and initial premise (if you add humor you'll be more of a hit than the 90% of other business speakers who think their job is to celebrate boredom), but provides the reader much, MUCH more. Nihill is eloquent as he convinces us yet again that perspiration beats inspiration, but he softens the news of how much work humor can be ("dying is easy; comedy is hard", as Peter O'Toole quotes in 'My Favorite Year') with detailed directions for structuring jokes, an inside look at the life of successful professional stand-up comics, AND serious ways of using comedy to 'pay it forward'. His initial inspiration for learning how to 'talk funny' was being asked to give a speech in support of a friend with a severe spinal injury, and now that he's moved from stage-fright-to-the-max, to comfortable with even a tough crowd, he organizes events worldwide to raise money for this cause.
Angelame More than 1 year ago
Great book, it has extremely useful and practical tips and tools. I never imagined reading a book a bout comedy to improve my presentations, but after this wonderful book I'll read all of them!
TylerC99 More than 1 year ago
If you're an aspiring speaker, a public figure in any way, or you ever talk in front of TWO or more people (...), get this book. You'll be glad you did. Super easy read, with actionable advice. You won't want to put it down (which becomes an issue when you realize you should pause and try practicing the techniques, as Dave suggests). Dave has done a terrific job of distilling the best techniques from comedy for public speaking of all kinds. It makes so much sense that you wonder why no one thought of doing it sooner – because humor is such a sure-fire way to draw people in. Often these books ("recommendations for this / how the best do that") leave you with a nebulous idea of how to implement the advice. Not this one. Concrete examples and recommendations mean you can put the book down (can you?) and immediately begin making your public remarks crisper, more engaging.
Elize99 More than 1 year ago
I was first introduced to David Nihill's teaching from his Creative Live course. Then I picked up his book. I've learned so much from him about adding humor to presentations, to scripts, and to life! He's a generous teacher and gifted humorist, with the ability to nail a story that's memorable and has heart. If you're looking for easy-to-follow, common sense, powerful techniques to make your presentations special, this is the book.
Nikki_Mansfield More than 1 year ago
First let me say I am sooo not the intended audience for this book. However, I thought it was just wonderful. The book is written for anyone who needs help with public speaking though Nihil does make frequent reference to the business presentation. He started off as your normal scared-to-death public speaker who went on a journey and ended up becoming an award-winning speaker and storyteller. The evening of the day I finished this book, I actually went to a teaching lecture and the professor was very good. We laughed all night while learning about a very serious topic; I found myself noticing Nihil's insights and philosophy in action with this public speaker. I have no intention of public speaking, I suffer from social anxiety disorder along with other related conditions, but the title grabbed me because I do talk funny and for some reason I read this book totally out of my usual genre. I certainly see the information being incredibly useful for its intended audience but from the perspective I'm coming from, an audience member of a speech, the book is also very enlightening. Highly engaging reading!