Public Speaking Disrupted

Public Speaking Disrupted

Engaging audiences: public speaking with comedy

public speaking workshopMay 25, 2017

Great public speakers prepare, practice and have a variety of tools to engage with their audiences, and many who are successful with public speaking are using humor.  By applying key comedic habits you can learn to be a better public speaker, get your message heard and rid the world of dull presentations. We’ll teach you to stand out from the crowd knowing just a few key public presentation techniques from the world of comedy. Let us help you put a stop to boring presentations.

Overview

During this half-day workshop we’ll de-construct techniques from standup comedy to show you how apply the best parts of a comedian’s routine into public speaking.  These comedic habits will become part of your public speaking toolkit, aimed at helping you deliver a more memorable, entertaining and engaging presentation. 

Whether you are a seasoned presenter or someone with a real fear of public speaking these easy-to-apply steps will make sure you stand out from the crowd. The techniques we’ll share with you are being applied by numerous TED talks, start-ups, entrepreneurs, keynotes, interviewees and professional speakers to further engage their audiences.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to craft a story that your audience will want to listen to.
  • How and when to include the funniest parts of the story into your presentation for greatest impact.
  • How to deal with stage fright and flop sweat.
  • How to avoid going blank on stage.
  • How to master the two most important parts of your performance: timing and delivery.
  • Actionable insights to apply immediately in your next public speaking engagement.

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Instruction

Led by David Nihill, author of the bestselling book Do You Talk Funny? and the Founder of FunnyBizz Conference. His work has been featured in Inc., Lifehacker, The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Fast Company and Forbes. You will receive a free copy of David’s book at the workshop.

Agenda

View the syllabus.

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When

May 25, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:30pm.

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Where

Berkeley Advanced Media Institute. North Gate Hall – Room 106, Berkeley, CA 94720.

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Tuition

$345 USD. 10% discount automatically applied when you register by April 25th, 2017.

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Requirements
  • Please bring something to take notes with.
  • This is a beginner-level workshop. No prior public speaking experience required.
  • Participants must be comfortable with learning in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency in English.

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Additional information

Travel, lodging and other information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
No video or audio recordings of the materials presented are permitted in any workshop.

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Questions

Please contact Diane Villadsen by email at dvilladsen@berkeley.edu, or call 510.642.6049.

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Refund policy
  • Cancellations must be received in writing by email to advancedmedia@journalism.berkeley.edu
  • Cancellations made up to 15 days prior to the start of the program registered for will receive a refund of all monies less the $100.00 cancellation fee.
  • We are unable to refund any fees for registrations cancelled within two weeks of the start of training.
  • Failure to appear for the training will result in forfeiture of the full course fee.
  • Changes to the registration at any time are only by approval of Berkeley Advanced Media Institute administration.
  • The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute reserves the right to cancel or reschedule training due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Berkeley Advanced Media Institute. In this case, applicants are entitled to a full refund of the program fee.
  • The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute will advise applicants at the earliest opportunity of changes to schedule program. The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute is not responsible for travel fees, or any expenses incurred as a result of cancelled programs.
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