Sometimes you are hired to entertain an audience with your words. Yes, all successful Long Beach speakers entertain in some way, but this kind of speech has entertainment value as its core purpose.
The purpose of an entertaining speech is not to educate, inform or inspire, it is to make the audience smile, relax, enjoy and maybe even get a good laugh. That said, an entertaining speech does not <i>need<i> to funny or even include humor. If the speech moves the audience to experience an emotion they enjoy experiencing, even if it makes them cry, the speech can be successfully entertaining.
How do you make a speech entertaining?
There are many ways to entertain an audience:
- tell jokes
- tell humorous stories
- dramatize an anecdote or story
- tell a scary story
- share a moving or touching tale
When it comes down to it, there are probably as many ways to entertain an audience as there are people to entertain them.
Regardless, here are some guidelines to creating an entertaining speech:
- Chose an appropriate topic.
The topic should be too dense, complicated or heavy. You’re not trying to give your audience a greater understanding of anything. You’re there to help them have a good time.
- Enjoy yourself.
Believe it or not, an audience can find it difficult to enjoy your presentation if it looks like you are not enjoying giving it.
- Keep it simple.
Make it easy for your audience to follow along. Keep the content simple to understand. This is not the time to go deep.
- Make it visceral.
Use vivid word pictures. You cannot be lazy with your descriptions. Make your words pop with strong images that fill their minds with sights, smells, textures and more.
- Say it like a roller coaster.
Add unexpected twists and turns to your presentation. When you surprise your audience with where your story is going, that increases the entertainment factor.
Resources for developing entertaining speeches:
- Entertaining Speech Topic Checklist
- How to Write an Entertainment Speech
- How To Write Entertaining Birthday Speeches
This is the fourth article in a series about the different types of speeches. If you missed the first three, you can find links to them below.
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