Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Public Speaking : Fake Facts and Statistics

Using fake facts and statistics is a great way to elicit a laugh from your audience. When using this technique there are a few things you have to remember to ensure a successful delivery. You don’t want to forget anything and leave the audience confused about the message

Another public speaking article discusses using a deadpan expression. You can combine this technique with fake facts and statistics for maximum results, especially when your information sounds very official with numbers and specifics. Also, by overemphasizing the information, to the point that they can tell you are trying too hard, you’ll convey the absurdity of the facts or statistics.

One public speaking engagement I did for a group of secretaries I commented on the fact that their bosses became executives only because they couldn’t handle being secretaries. I definitely won the crowd over with that line! But of course, that’s 100 percent true based on a recent survey taken by Harvard!

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