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Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker Paperback – March 8, 2016
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"David Nihill talks funny. He also writes funny. But his book isn't just entertaining, it's incredibly useful. It's packed with effective and easy-to-implement tips that have helped me in my presentations."
—AJ Jacobs, author of Drop Dead Healthy and The Year of Living Biblically
"The best public speaking book of all time.”
"Your next talk will be 10 times more entertaining if you read this book."
—Charlie Hoehn, author of Play It Away: A Workaholic's Cure for Anxiety
"The best book of public speaking techniques on the market."
"This is a book you don't just read, it's a book you DO. Look, I'm such an expert in this field that I'm quoted in the book, and even I learned a tremendous amount reading it, so I'm gonna guess you will too."
—Bill Grundfest, Golden Globe Winner, 3 Time Emmy Nominee, Founder of NYC's Comedy Cellar
"It is one of those rare books that makes you think, laugh, and embrace your quirky self. In an inspiring and entertaining manner, Do You Talk Funny? teaches you how to find your inner storytelling mojo. A great read!"
—Michael Margolis, CEO, Get Storied
“Not only does David nail how to add funny to your talks, he also practices what he preaches in this very entertaining read. My two complaints are: 1) This book didn’t exist when I started as a speaker and 2) I didn’t write it.”
—Andrew Tarvin, author of Humor That Works, award-winning speaker, NYC-based comedian
“From writing to performing to where to put your hands, David Nihill will help you become a more humorous storyteller.”
—Peter McGraw, University of Colorado professor, director of the Humor Research Lab (HuRL), coauthor of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny
“Read this book and you’ll enjoy presenting to people, they’ll enjoy listening to you and crucially they’ll happily retain your message. A riveting read, a super story, and awesome advice.”
—Neal O’Gorman, CEO, Artomatix
“David’s rich life experiences shine through in this wildly entertaining guide to public speaking. Whether you’re reading it for fun or to stand out at your next business presentation, I promise you’ll be inspired.”
—Sami Aziz, Producer on ABC’s Shark Tank and two-time Emmy Award Winner
About the Author
From Dublin, Ireland, David Nihill is a bestselling author and the Founder of FunnyBizz Conference. His work has been read by over 1 million people and featured in Inc., Lifehacker, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Forbes, NPR, The Irish Independent, TV3, Newstalk, and The Irish Times. “One of the best speaking coaches out there” according to Forbes.com, David’s program with over 34,000 students has been featured by Prezi as one of the best training courses for presenters. A sought after international business and TEDx speaker, David has also performed standup comedy and was the winner of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition (previous finalists include Robin Williams, Dane Carvey, and Ellen DeGeneres). As a lecturer, he has taught at Stanford Graduate Business School, UC Berkeley, University of Oxford, and University College Dublin. A graduate of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, he now calls San Francisco home when immigration officials permit, and was named on the 2017 Irish America 100 List, which recognizes the accomplishments of the best and the brightest Irish-American and Irish-born leaders.
About the Editor
Nils Parker is the editor of multiple New York Times, Amazon, and Wall Street Journal bestselling books, including I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell and Assholes Finish First by Tucker Max, Trust Me, I'm Lying and The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday, and Choose Yourself by James Altucher. He loves comedy, Cal football, and his wife. Not necessarily in that order.
- Publisher : BenBella Books (March 8, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1942952279
- ISBN-13 : 978-1942952275
- Item Weight : 7.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #134,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. First, it's well-edited and logically presented. As a technical writer and editor by trade and by nature, that really DOES matter to me. Nothing makes me question the validity of an advice book more than poor editing and awkward organization. I can't relax and enjoy poorly presented writing of any kind.
Yes, the book really IS funny. But more than that, the author gives clear, actionable steps for crafting humorous presentations--extremely valuable for those of us who speak in public. I also appreciate that the author shared his own fears of public speaking. He isn't one of those people who lives to stand in front of an audience. He started his public speaking journey just like the rest of us do--it came with a job. In his case, the job was a task he'd set for himself--helping a friend in need. I found it so easy to relate to his journey because all of the public speaking I've had to do has been job related.
The other thing I appreciated about this book is how well the author shows that humorous public speaking requires actual WORK. No one will become funnier simply because of reading this book. However, anyone who follows the advice and exercises in the book will be able to better engage their audiences through artful use of humor.
I'm a member of a local Toastmasters club, completed my CC and working on a double DTM (if you're into TM, then you know what I mean). I was raised on PBS, British comedies, and have a highly idiosyncratic sense of humour - meaning that, generally, only long-time friends and family members get my humour. I'm fairly adept at academic, inspirational and informational speaking, but felt that I could use some humour training. I found Mr. Nihill's blog very helpful. That's how I ended up getting to review the book.
This book takes the info on the blog (and his information out there in inter-verse) to a whole new level. I've read it once and plan on reading it again very soon. I was so engrossed that I would make up fictitious spills on my tablet screen so my co-workers didn't know I was taking it into the lavatory to read during my water-closeting breaks. The tone is conversational, like a public-speaking mentor you go out for pints with (which might count for the bit of wordiness here and there). The examples and suggestions are realistic and easy to comprehend. This is not an academic treatise or a "philosophy of funny" thesis - it's a good, basic, nuts and bolts guide to developing the skills necessary to grow as a humourous speaker. Maybe it is a bit basic for those of you who are naturally gifted and who pull gufffaws out of people like bonobos pick chits out of fur, but for those of us who stumble in that area (being funny, not chit-picking), - the book is a real value. I wish I'd read this book before I gave my Humourous Speech Contest bomb on the Cain and Abel story. I'll be recommending it to a newbie Toastmaster I eventually get selected to mentor.
Other than a free review book, I didn't get chit for writing this.
The book is filled with stories that illustrate his points. Then when you get to the end, he gives you a link to a page full of video clips to help you see what he's talking about in action. He also sums the book up for you in the end with his short 80 tips. (And here I was highlighting like a mad man.) Best of all, he invites all who buy this book into a private Facebook group where members can upload and help critique each other's presentations. With all these added bonuses, this book is more than just a book, it's an entire class! He could have charged $50-$100 or more and it still would have been a killer deal.
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I will no doubt dip in/out of this little gem many times. Great read David. Thanks.