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Finding the Funny: How to Create and Deliver Humor in any Speech or Presentation

Dave Hill

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Course Introduction

 Welcome to Finding the Funny: How to Create and Deliver Comedy in Any Presentation!

My name is Dave and I’m glad you’re here. As a professional speaker, trainer, and coach, I know first-hand how exciting it is to make people laugh. I also know how frustrating it can be! There were times when I tried to be funny, and I heard nothing but crickets. Other times I had the audience roaring with laughter for no apparent reason. What gives?

Here’s the secret—humor is a learned skill! It takes time and effort, but it’s one of the most useful tools you can have as a speaker! Here are just a few of the benefits of using humor in a speech or presentation:

  • Audience Engagement: Keep them on the edge of their seats!
  • Content Retention: Help them remember you and your message for years to come!
  • Self-fulfillment: Experience the euphoria of making others laugh!

This e Learning has over 16 lessons and over 8 hours of videos that will teach you how to create, add, and deliver humor to any presentation. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of this course and your investment:

  •  Each course has material for you to read, view, and “do.” Be sure to complete each section before moving on to the next module.
  • Do not skip the “do” sections, which are the activities. Putting your new knowledge into action is where the learning happens! Complete the activities and quizzes to give your brain the best chance of retaining and using all you’ll learn.
  •  Questions? I’m here to help! Email me your questions on the content at:

Let’s get started!

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Lesson 2 – Finding Your Own Funny Stories

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Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Easy

“But I don’t have any funny stories!” If this sounds like something you’d say, you’ll love this lesson. Learn a quick and easy way to “find the funny” in your life using Dave’s simple process so you’ll always have a story to tell!

Lesson 4 – The Power of the Pause: Maximizing the Impact of Humor

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Hard

Pauses in humor delivery are a critical part of comedic timing. Simple changes to cadence, sentence structure, and purposeful pauses can be the difference between getting no audience response, a chuckle, or a belly-laugh. In this lesson, learn a process you can use to maximize the impact of humor in your presentation!

Lesson 9 – Poke Fun at Yourself to Encourage Laughter

Length: 60 minutesComplexity: Standard

Poking fun at yourself can produce the type of humor that makes audiences comfortable laughing. Self-deprecating humor is typically “safe” for audiences, giving you a higher percentage of participants responding immediately with laughter.

Lesson 11 – Develop Humor Using the Contrary Point of View

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Length: 60 minutesComplexity: Standard

The humor development technique covered in this lesson is very effective for uncovering comedy in unfunny topics. It is an excellent tool for keynote speakers, presenters, trainers, and seminar leaders who want to lighten up serious content.

Lesson 13 – Use Props to Add Quirky and Funny Perspectives

Length: 60 minutesComplexity: Easy

Props are a great way to incorporate quirky and funny objects into your speech or presentation. The risk factor goes up when you use props, but the success strategies in this lesson will help you understand how to manage them!

LESSON 15 – Audience Interaction: Creating Fun and Heroes

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Length: 60 minutesComplexity: Standard

Audience interaction isn’t just nice to have, it’s expected! This lesson explains how to form a bond with audience members and keep them engaged and energized with fun, relevant interaction techniques.


Humor & Your Credibility Self-deprecation helps you connect with the audience in an authentic way and makes you more vulnerable. Why does it work? People who can laugh at themselves and reveal their weaknesses are looked at as a secure, confident, and likable. Avoid anything that erodes your credibility. Remember, as a presenter you need […]

Bonus Materials – Workshop & Seminar Video’s

Picture someone coming up to you years after your presentation and saying, “I remember you, your stories and humor were absolutely brilliant.” These videos of workshops and seminars can help you become a funny storyteller.

Lesson 14 – Build Tension to Unleash Humor

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Length: 60 minutesComplexity: Standard

Build Tension…Release Humor! In this lesson we learn how to build tension to a trigger point.. We pull the trigger and the audience erupts into laughter. We learn the optimum time frame for building tension before we reveal the funny.