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The Speechwriter's Handbook of Humor: A Practical Guide to Getting Laughs in Public Speeches and Presentations [Paperback]

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With sage advice on adding some laughter to oral presentations, this master guide to using humor in speeches teaches the tact and timing necessary for dropping successful one-liners. All speaking occasions can benefit from a little levity, and the right quip at the right time can put both the speaker and his or her audience at ease. The book is organized alphabetically so the speaker can easily find the right joke or piece of speaking advice; the entries under “G,” for example, include graduation speeches, dealing with glitches, and grabbing an audience. With the hundreds of jokes and expert advice in this collection, novices and more experienced speakers can add polish to their presentations and effectively open the ears of their listeners.

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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   Marion Street Press, Inc.
ISBN  1933338180  
ISBN13  9781933338187  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert Orben is the author of "2100 Laughs for All Occasions," "2400 Jokes to Brighten Your Speeches," and "The Speaker's Handbook of Humor" and served as a speechwriter for Gerald Ford. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia.

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How to Insult Your Audience in No Time Flat  Jun 9, 2008
Unfortunately, "zero stars" is not an option. This kind of audience attack might have been funny when Red Skelton was on the air, but if I said to an audience that I've had more applause from a trained seal with arthritis, I'd be looking for a new career.

This book is worthless to anyone serious about being a professional speaker in the 21st century, not the first half of the 20th.
Good Speechwriting book - For Humor or Not  Feb 19, 2008
I really enjoyed this book. This is not your hackneyed list of "Jokes for all Occasions." Orben suggests the book is a handbook in the true sense of the word in that you can dip into it as needed for appropriate speeches.

The jokes and humorous stories are exceptionally good - not surprising for someone who has been written for Red Skelton, Jack Paar and Dick Gregory. The surprising benefit from this book is the author's commentary on good speechmaking. In very thought provoking chapters, he takes the reader through the basics of good speechmaking including Assessing your Audience, Don'ts ... If you want to get Laughs (excellent), Rehearsing your Speech.

In a book full of interesting anecdotes, my favorite relates to when Orben first saw Bill Cosby. While he saw some potential in Cosby, he was not hugely impressed because "the good elements were overwhelmed by loose construction, disorganized routining and material that ran hot and cold."
That could be the comment for many wannabe speakers and humorists.

Orben reminds us that success requires a lot of hard work and that "No one arrives at a stage of artistic maturity without learning from those who have gone before."

If interested in speech craft and humor, read this book and learn from a master who has gone before you. Loved it.
Still writing  Nov 5, 2007
Mr. Orben's first book "The Encyclopedia of Patter" was written in 1946. That's 61 years ago. But what's 61 years in the world of wit and humor? Some of these comedians live past 100, don't they? Now for the book. We all enjoy spontaneous humor. That's the best. But if the politician or whoever isn't so good at that, God gave us speechwriters. And then He gave us books for speechwriters. And Mr. or Mrs. not so funny, become funny. This reviewer particularly liked the book because parts of it are a very excellent discourse on the pychology of humor.

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