Adding Golf To Your Topic -- Even if you're not a golfer
I'm not a golfer, but I can tell you one thing for sure. Many
people in your audiences are nuts over golf.
I've seen some speakers do their entire presentation using a golf
metaphor. They would say things like, "In golf if your swing is
off, you'll hit the ball into the woods . . . just like if your
leadership technique is off you'll be in the "rough" .. . and a
lot more is at stake than just a bad scorecard." etc.
I've seen speakers carry their golf bag on stage and pull out
some clubs just to have something to do with their hands.
I've seen speakers get audience members on stage to have a
I've seen one speaker at a resort ride into his speech on a golf
You don't even have to like golf to add a little bit about golf
to your speeches. I tease the golfers in the audience about all
their crazy gadgets.
Can't Miss Golf joke for Speakers
Here's an old standby joke that pretty much can't fail.
Setup: Prior to your talk you find out the name of one of the
likable characters in the audience who is always bragging about
his/her golf game, but isn't really that good. Let's call him
You also find out the name of another fun and likable person who
hates golf. Let's call her "Sally"
Here's how you deliver the line:
I've got good news and I've got bad news.
The good news is that Sally has finally decided to take golf
lessons . . . (Pause)
The bad news she's taking them from Joe. (Pause for laughter)
For an enormous amount of information on golf (more than enough
to make an entire speech out of)
Tom Antion, Publisher "Great Speaking"