How To Make An Entertaining Speech
Compiled By Taidin Suhaimin
Speeches must not necessarily always be informative. Speech delivery
does not have to be sharing of serious information. Speech topics need
not always be on grave issues and major concerns of society. But, they
can be entertaining and funny.
An entertaining speech belongs to the informal type of presentations. Normally,
topics are designed to generate a cheerful atmosphere and make the
audience enjoy the presentation. The main focus of an entertaining
speech is to entertain the audience. Although these speeches can also
inform and persuade, the general goal of the speech is entertaining.
Here are some tips on how to make and deliver an entertaining speech:
1. Establish Your Speech Goal The
clear purpose of this speech is to engage the audience on a lighter
level. Do not confuse this speech with stand-up comedy. While there is
an element of humor in the entertaining speech, there are some key
features which should be recognized. Truly, entertainment is in the eye
of the beholder. What one person finds entertaining, another may find
duller than dish water. So, you really have to know your audience in
order to entertain them.
2. Identify Things that Make You Laugh
are things that make you laugh—TV shows, movies, books, certain blogs,
etc. Pay attention to the stuff you find really funny, and ask
yourself, "What is it about these things that makes me laugh?" Do you
like puns, rants, observational humor, slapstick or double entendres?
Whatever it is, make note of it. The style of humor that makes you
laugh is a good style for you to start weaving into your speaking. Also
add more of those things into your life. This will help you in two ways:
easier to write funny presentations when you feel funny. Consistently
watching, reading and listening to things that make you laugh will help
you feel funny.
- You can learn from the things you laugh at. You can learn structure, style, construction and pacing from observation.
“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.” – Oscar Wilde
3. Identify Things You Already Do that Make Others Laugh
in their lives has some areas where they make others laugh. It may
seldom happen, but there are certain people that bring out your inner
comedian. Reflect on what you do in those situations and ask yourself,
"How can I merge that into my speaking?" Start paying attention to what
you are already good to make others laugh, and combine that into your
speaking. You should see your audience response and referral rates
4. Relate the Topic to the Audience 5. Incorporate Dialogues and Metaphors
that different audiences respond differently to materials in your
presentation. Therefore, choose a topic that will interest your
audience. The topic should be simple and clear. In broad terms, an
entertaining speech is a speech designed to enchant an audience’s
attention and amuse them while you are delivering a message.
more traditional speeches such as informative or persuasive,
entertaining speeches should communicate a clear message, but the
manner of delivery is typically different. Entertaining speeches
are often delivered on special occasions (e.g., a toast at a wedding,
an acceptance speech, a motivational speech at a conference), which is
why they are sometimes referred to as special-occasion speeches.
An entertaining presentation can be divided into three sections:
a. a great opening that informs the audience of the presentation’s topic,
b. the body, and c. a memorable closing. The introduction is highly important
in this speech. You are inviting your audience to take a small journey
into the way you see things, so the path must seem engaging. Provide an
attention getter in the introduction. It plays an important part in establishing you as
an orator. Use of humor and interesting stories will make your speech
even more captivating.
6. Don't Insult
you tell funny or humorous things about some individuals, don't insult
and be sensitive. Adding personal experiences and funny stories helps
increase the entertainment value of your speech topic. Mocking
comments, exaggeration and a little bit of absurdity in the speech are
sure to make it entertaining.
7. Choose An Appropriate Topic
Talk about things your audience is familiar with, things they can
easily understand and agree with. Make the sorts of jokes that they can
laugh at without having to look over their shoulder and worry someone
else might be offended.
The entertaining speech can be about nearly any
topic under the sun. While storytelling is an element of the speech,
simply telling a story with no topical or thematic focus will be
Generally, you need to choose a topic
which can be explored from a variety of angles.
Here are some
examples of entertaining speech topics:
8. Use Simple Language
- What To Do When Bored?
- How To Become Popular?
- How To Clean Your House In 30 Minutes?
Remember, the audience will want the message delivery to be in a clear
and concise manner. Avoid topics that are so serious in nature that
they can drag down the audience. The audience expects an enjoyable
presentation instead of listening to impassioned speeches.
9. To the Point Message
Be to the point.
Your speech should have at least one main message on
which the presentation is based.
Keep your presentation short and
It should also be easy to follow.
10. Relate A Personal Experience
Add anecdotes or drama.
Keep your presentation lively.
Surprise your audience.
Make unexpected turns.
11. Actively Involve the Audience
Interact with the audience.
Ask questions and give examples.
interesting stories related to the topic of your presentation.
examples based on information you present.
Ask questions to help the
audience on a specific message.
12. Be Extemporaneous
Make your presentation casual and light-hearted.
Deliver it in same
manner as you might at a dinner with family or friends.
Try to deliver
your speech extemporaneously as much as you can. So, practice a lot.
Ask a friend if it's entertaining enough.
13. Keep Track of Time
One of the most important elements of delivery for this speech is
timing. Timing is essentially the rhythm that the speaker creates with
rate and pause. Don’t make your presentation overwhelming for your
audience. Be aware of your timing and the length of the presentation.
about those people you know who are very good at telling jokes. Notice
that one of the reasons they are good at it, is that they have an
innate feel for timing. Timing, like all other aspects of delivery
takes PRACTICE. Practice on timing the flow of your entertaining speech
topic. Practice until it all comes easily.
14. Be Yourself!
Don’t try to imitate other noted comedians.
Enjoy your presentation.
Help the audience to enjoy it too.
15. End with A Bright Conclusion
To fulfill the goal of entertaining audience and delivering a message,
you should make the closing minutes of the presentation the most
inspiring and engaging part of the presentation.
pleasantly. This means using pleasing tonal variety voice inflection
and speech rhythm. Your voice should sound natural, a characteristic of
normal conversation. Again, rehearsing pays.