THE Executive Speech Coach, Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE
When you receive feedback and advice on how to improve your presentation skills you need to ask yourself: Is the person giving this advice truly qualified to help me improve? Does the person giving me feedback have my best interests at heart? Am I seeking advice or are they motivated to give it to me? Unsolicited feedback says more about the giver than the recipient. (more…)
Patricia Fripp Keynote Speaker for Laugh Lovers March 18, 2012
Patricia Fripp Speaks at Laugh Lovers Toastmasters Sunday, March 18, 6-8pm Oakland
Laugh Lovers is having an open house, you do not have to belong to the club or even be a Toastmaster to come and learn more about Being Powerfully Pithy. The club was inspired by my dear friend John Cantu who ran the Holy City Zoo in the early days of the comedy movements. Dana Carvey, Paula Poundstone, and Robin Williams were all new when they performed for Cantu. Craig Harrison, the powerhouse behind Laugh Lovers, asked me to add humor as that is their focus. My promise is that I will be amusing!
Las Vegas observationalist humorist John Kinde looks behind the Gervais humor at Golden Globes.
All public speakers want to be funnier. We can learn from the masters who make us laugh and humor experts like John Kinde who teach us the techniques behind what they say. This was first published in my favorite ezine Humor Power check it out for yourself.
Gervais Humor at Golden Globes
When a comedian hosts an awards show, you can expect some roast-style humor. That’s why they hire the comic. A roast structure creates a vehicle to ensure the success of the jokes which follow. Before you start firing jokes at people in the audience, you need permission. This is usually received by making fun of yourself, which gives you permission to make fun of the boss or authority figures, which gives you permission to make fun of the honored guests.
Last night Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globe Awards for the third year. Some people were surprised he was chosen as this year’s emcee because many thought he was over-the-top offensive last year. But in his pre-show appearances, he made it clear that he was going to do some sharply-pointed humor this year, too. The anticipation of what he was going to say helped build the tension, which is an important trigger for humor.
Here are some bits from his monologue (not the whole monologue) and some observations:
So where was I?
(A transition from last year’s performance to this year’s. Sets the stage for “more of the same.”)
Nervous? Don’t be. This isn’t about you.
(He will start primarily with jokes about the sponsor of the event and himself.)
Hello, I’m Ricky Gervais and welcome to the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Voted for by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
(His formal opening lines establish the fact that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was an authority figure, a fact which may not have been well-known to the television viewing audience.)
Tonight you get Britain’s biggest comedian, hosting the world’s second biggest awards show on America’s third biggest network.
(Uses the rule of three. Pokes fun at the host network.) (more…)