Public Speaking Course:
Fake Facts and Statistics
During your public speaking course you will learn that a fun way to play with the audience
is to state false information like it was absolutely true. I am
sure you can think of some funny false information that you could include in your
presentation, just make sure the statements you choose are
obviously false by your words and facial expressions.
When stating your false facts, don't leave any doubt whether you are being funny or not. Using
learned during your public speaking course you can control
the impression your audience receives.
A deadpan expression, or keeping a straight
face, is a good technique to utilize when stating fake facts and statistics.
Also, you should really, really sound like you are trying to convince
the audience that what your saying is true. This overemphasis on the
sound of truth also tells the audience you are lying.
Once during a Secretaries Day function I used a very serious tone when I told them that scientific studies had been conducted
that indicated the only reason executives became executives was because
they couldn't make it as secretaries. As you can imagine they loved it.
Another way you can build up your joke is to use official sounding
sources for the information. 'A study done for the Alaskan Pipeline
Workers Union indicated that 97.2 percent of Alaskan Pipeline Workers
wear No Nonsense panty hose.'
When using this type of humor, it is better to use 'exact numbers'
which adds an extra comic emphasis.