|Members of the "faculty" at
NSA's Laugh Lab|
was so busy laughing at NSA's Laugh Lab in Vegas
that I didn't have time to tweet. But if I could
have stopped shaking long enough, I would have
tweeted all about it.
Later, back home, I studied my notes and even
typed up imaginary tweets for you. Tweets I still
haven't sent. So these are virgin tweets. Feel
free to use them as your own. I vouch for their
accuracy. Oh, and don't forget to include #NSA13
at the end.
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Rule of three in comedy, but rule of two in PPT
visuals. - @theBrianWalter.
@theBrianWalter asks clients "the power question":
Who do you love to hate the most?" Learns their
problem. "This is where the humor
In his slides @BradMontgomery likes to use pics of
himself from long time ago that makes him look
goofy. Shows photo as punch line of
@BradMontgomery keeps pics like this up for only
three seconds or less.
@BradMontgomery for kicks likes to Photoshop
himself into pictures with famous
"Comedy is things that piss you off. The wrongs of
life. Complaining with an edge. Make laughs by
revealing yourself. Reveal you had a mess in your
life." - @JudyCarter
How to get an audience to love you in 60 seconds?
Come on and talk about them. -
@JudyCarter comes on stage and gets audience to
applaud something. "Let's hear it for the band."
By doing so, she takes power. "You're a leader.
You're in charge."
@JudyCarter likes to pretend there is a heckler in
the audience. "No, really," she points at
imaginary person. "There are advantages to...."
"Change 'I' to 'you' whenever you can. 'Do you
worry about getting older?' Use you-us-we. Use 'I'
sparingly." - @JudyCarter
"When you joke about something in the room, a
problem, it grows smaller." -
"Get them to laugh about things they worry about."
@BradMontgomery on fear of failure: "We don't know
what the audience is thinking. It's a lot better
than you think."
@BillStainton 's story system: Ask the magic
question - When did something go wrong? That's the
germ of a good story. "Bad decisions make really
"Comedy is conflict. No conflict, no comedy. To
add more comedy, add more conflict." -
It's OK to embellish a comedic story, says
@BillStainton. "You're giving a speech, not a
Since the ending is so important, sometimes when
you come up with a great ending, you have to write
a new beginning to match it. -
"You can make any story apply to any topic. The
key is the transitional line." -
"When you leave a story with a cliffhanger, you
can't immediately hit them with serious stuff. Pad
a bit to get their minds off the cliffhanger" so
they focus on what you're talking about. -
"If you speaker for 1-3 hours, give your audience
permission to speak to you." -
@BradMontgomery embraces 'hecklers' in the
audience. "Great conversation. Who are you? What
do you do? Do you frequently shout out at
"They are not hiring a one-man show. They
are hiring people to be up there and speak WITH
them." - @BradMontgomery
Sell products with a compelling story, says
@JudyCarter. Use compelling stories with an
emotional connection to promote books.
"In your story, everything should be in the
present tense." - @JudyCarter
@ChristineCashen talks to audience members before
her talk. Introduces to each other. Makes fun
talk. They don't even know she is the
"The punch word of a punch line always comes last.
Shorter the setup and punch line, the bigger the
laugh." - @EricCulverson
Kelly Swanson @motivationspkr says: "I see a
speech as a song... Anybody can teach my content.
No one can tell my stories."
"Can I tell you how great it is to come up here
and be real with an audience? You don't have to be
perfect." - @motivationspkr
"If we can take the warm glow of the spotlight and
turn it on the audience, they will love us." -
Dave Lieber is suddenly - due to an act of God --
a full-time speaker. A former newspaper columnist
downsized to protect massive corporate profits,
Dave's job title now is Pied Piper of NSA/NT
Writing Club. Contact him at [address removed]