Public Speaking Course:
Finding Humor for Specific Industries
Sometimes you need to dig a little deeper in order to locate some
funny stories or jokes
that fit a particular profession your speaking too.
Some professions like police, law, or medicine have many individual books, newsletters, and articles
that you find to get your material. But
if you are a plumbing executive, or are speaking to the plumbing industry
it is unlikely you could go down to your local public bookstore and
find a plumbing joke book. This part of the public speaking course is
very important to learn.
I recommend that you begin a file and fill it
with any funny industry-specific
information you find. A great place to start looking is in a trade journal for that specific industry.
Pretty much every industry out there has one or more trade
journals. If you're looking for humor to use in your presentations, sort through
some back issues to find something funny you can use now. Virtually no one
remembers the details of cartoons and jokes more than a month or so.
Watch for industry newsletters so you can use some of their material.
Check company bulletin boards regularly for funny signs and interesting
postings. Using the skills you learned in your public speaking course
involves knowing your audience and finding humor that relates to their
The true devoted public speaker will go even further. You can call others
in the industry to look for stories or incidents that would be of
interest to your audience (remember to give credit). Gather everything
you can that is interesting and industry specific and soon you will have
a very impressive collection.
Don't forget to try the ever growing Internet as a source. Anytime
I need to find something funny that is really specific, I simply type
the keywords (ex. plumbing humor, or water humor) into one or more of
the major search engines. Most the time something relevant will pop up.
Though the internet might make for some good findings you must be ready
to do some sorting through all the material before you will find something
useful. Here are just some of the lines I came up with for the plumbing
engineer group I did a presentation for. Note: these are the people who figure out how much water it takes to
flush a toilet. hahaha
My wife's an earth sign. I'm a water sign. Together we make
mud. - -
Getting married is a lot like getting into a tub of hot water.
After you get used to it, it ain't so hot. -- Minnie Pearl
The shower is the greatest invention. I don't like to take a
bath. I don't like to wash my face in the water I've been sitting in.--
How come when you mix water and flour together you get glue ...
and then you add eggs and sugar and you get cake? Where does the
glue go?-- Rita Rudner
(and she could further the joke by saying, "Maybe my hips?")
After completing your public speaking course you will be able to involve
and sharing of specific industry humor that relates to your audience.