When you are speaking in public, humor in the style or art of public speaking need not be knee
slapping funny to be effective. Here is a mild form of humor to add to your public speaking
meetings. Alliteration is used in the art of public speaking and is the repetition of the same
first sound or the same first letter in a group of words, or in a line of poetry.
You find alliteration used in advertisements and titles all the time because it tends to catch
your eye and ear. Catching attention of your audience is part of the art of public speaking.
One of my humorous public speaking topics is titled 'Pranks for Profit: Confessions of a
Paid Practical Joker'. It has four 'p' sounds.
Here is an example of a positive message delivered with alliteration:
'We (B)agged the (B)aldridge award (B)ecause our (B)rainy, (B)eautiful (B)usinesspeople
are the (B)est.'
In a negative message you can soften the blow of the message without appearing frivolous
or uncaring. Example:
'The strike by one of our suppliers has put a (C)runch on our division. Even though we are (C)runched, we are still (C)reative. We are still (C)redible. And we will (C)onquer this problem.'
The art of public speaking can heighten the glow, or soften the blow.
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