THE READY BUSINESS PODCAST: Humour can make your presentation stand out, says FunnyBizz David Nihill
David Nihill of FunnyBizz is on a mission: to bring more humour to the dry pitches and presentations that dominate the business world. The San Francisco-based Irishman set up FunnyBizz to do just that and on this week's show he gives some tips and advice for making your message and story stand out from the crowd. You don't have to be a stand-up comedian to make it funny but knowing how to tell your story can be the difference.
“Stick to stories which Irish people are masters at,” says Nihill. “The biggest mistake businesses make is starting with the numbers and the metrics. Focus on your story. But also put the keyword you want to emphasise at the end of your sentence.”
“If you want to emphasise your business’ 80% growth rate, that needs to be the impact moment and goes at the end of your sentence. Instead of saying ‘An 80% growth rate year-on-year’ you say ‘Year-on-year we had a growth rate of 80%.’ It’s a mental cue for people to pay attention to.”
He also recommends not ending your presentation on questions and answers from the audience.
“Take your questions before your conclusion so that you’re still in control and can go out on a memorable moment.”
For more tips and information on public speaking, David Nihill recommends these links:
1. When your story has nothing to do with your topic but you just like telling it, from the world's most popular TED talk.
2. Habits of great speakers with hilarious video examples
3. The secret to avoid going blank in your next presentation using the Memory Palace
4. 23 Tips from comedians via Slideshare
About David Nihill
David Nihill is the author of the best-selling book 'Do You Talk Funny?' and the Founder of FunnyBizz, a community, writer platform, and conference series, where business meets humor to abolish boring content. His work has been featured in Inc., Lifehacker, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, The Irish Times, WSJ, and Forbes.
A graduate of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School he calls San Francisco home when immigration officials permit, and was named on the 2017 Irish America 100 List, which recognizes the accomplishments of the best and the brightest Irish-American and Irish-born leaders.
Check out David's tips for success below:
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