Fake Facts and Statistics
This is a fun skill you will learn in your public speaking course.
You will learn that a fun way to play with the audience during your
presentation is to state false information as if it is absolutely true.
Can you imagine some humorous false information that you might incorporate
into your presentation?
Most likely yes, but you must make sure the statements you use are
obviously false by your words and your facial expressions.
When stating false information, you don't want to leave any doubt in
the audience's mind whether you are being funny or not. Using your skills
learned during your public speaking course will allow you to control
the impression received.
A deadpan expression, or keeping a straight
face, is a good technique to use when you use 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.
One time I was doing a Secretaries Day function. I used an extremely
serious voice when I told them that scientific studies had been conducted
indicating that the only reason executives became executives was because
they couldn't make it as secretaries. 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.
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