Public Speaking Course:
When taking my public
speaking course you will practice making mockups. A mock up is just some
funny material you add to your presentations by creating fake
newspaper articles, headlines and book covers. You can easily create
these mock ups by using your computer
software and printer.
To create a mock up of a newspaper article, just locate the column function
in your favorite word processor and set the
width to approximate a real
newspaper. It really doesn't matter if you don't have actual newsprint to hold up because
your audience will think you simply cut the article from
a newspaper and had it photocopied. So making a mock up is
completely sufficient. The easiest way is to simply paste
or tape your headline or article on one of the inside pages of a real
newspaper and then open the paper so you can read the paste up, but
the audience will think it is a real newspaper.
You can create "mock
ups" that are not limited to just newspapers. David Glickman who is a
comic and parody writer gave me this really funny idea . He uses his color
inkjet printer to duplicate the black box and yellow letters that are on the front of all the Dummies
series of books. He then pastes his new title over the one on an actual Dummies book. The rest of the cover is so busy that people only focus
on the big black box. From a distance you can't even tell it is a mockup.
I just used this technique for a big cable company. The title
was, Digital Cable TV Maintenance and Installation for Dummies. It is
not too funny to you, but to the targeted audience it was hilarious.
You can also mock up fake telegrams and letters from well known
people who are not at your public speaking event. Mockups are a good
skill to use from
my public speaking course.