Public Speaking Course:
During your public speaking course you will be see that using
funny signs in your presentation can add some fun to what you are saying. I don't know about you, but I
come across funny signs all
the time. I try to take a mental note or even better take an actual picture of
the sign for later use.
John Jay Daly, a friend of mine who is a professional speaker, does
a really great slide presentation called 'The Wacky, Wonderful World of
Washington.' A lot of the slides are of funny signs that he has seen around
My favorite sign says, 'In case of nuclear attack, the ban
on school prayer will be lifted.'
Another slide shows a plaque on the front of a building that
says, 'All Deliveries Go to Rear of Building.' The next slide shows a plaque on the back of the same building that says, 'No Deliveries.'
Your public speaking course you will teach you how to incorporate lots of
fun with signs. I just showed you two ways you can use them. The first
way is by telling the audience about the sign. The second way is to actually show them
the sign by means
of projection. A third way is to actually have the sign with you and hold them
up to the audience. I just attended a Meeting Planners International function where the
presenter had his own applause sign. Everyone applauded on cue and
thought it was very funny.
Here's a photograph tip:
When taking pictures or slides of funny signs, always
fill the frame up completely with the sign. The impact is much greater
for the audience. (Check out Visuals: 'Fill 'Em Up'
for more info)
Here are some favorite signs that I talk about in my public
At a hospital in Prince Georges County, Maryland:
Hospital Policy is to refuse service to hospital patients. (This was
posted at the snack bar.)
Funny tombstone inscription:
Somewhere in an elevator: Do not enter the lift backwards, and only
when lit up.
1936 French sign: Don't kill your wife with work, let electricity do
In a Bangkok drycleaner's window: Drop your trousers here for best
Please leave your values at the front desk. (France)
You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid. (Japan)
Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex
in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby be used for this purpose.
As I am now, you soon shall be. Prepare for death and follow me.
Scribbled below: To follow you I'm not content. Until I know which way
Another tombstone: It's so soon, I'm done for, I wonder what I was
On church marquee: Honey I Shrunk the Sermon
On door of small restaurant: Out to lunch
Sign in front of bankrupt store: We Undersold Everybody.
These English language signs were seen outside the United States:
Advertisement for a Hong Kong dentist: Teeth extracted by latest methodists.
I saw this sign on a display in a shoe store:
All our spring colors are now in. (All shoes on the rack were white.)
Keep your eye out for funny signs so that you can tell your audiences
about them, or even show them.
Here's my favorite sign of all time from a hotel in Acapulco, Mexico:
The manager has personally passed all water served here.
You will learn how to incorporate humor to connect with your
audience, from taking my public speaking course.