As you will learn in your public speaking course a parody is defined as a funny imitation of a person, event, song or
serious piece of writing. I have a great time during a presentation and so do the
The way I use a parody is to change the words of a recognizable song.
I get the audience members to sing along with me by putting the words
in their handouts or giving out a song sheet. (The latter method keeps
the whole segment hidden so I can surprise them.) I get the words to
customize the song from my pre-program research and assemble them in
a funny way.
Simply take any recognizable tune, change the words, and sing it yourself
or get the audience to sing along. Getting the audience singing along
is a great way to interact and
get them involved.
*Parody is generally protected from copyright infringement, but get
competent legal advice before using this technique.
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