Public speaking can be terrifying. For David Nihill, the idea of standing in front of an audience was scarier than cliff jumping into a thorny pit of spiders and mothers-in-law. Without a parachute or advanced weaponry. Something had to change.
In what doesn't sound like the best plan ever, David decided to overcome his fears by pretending to be a comedian called "Irish Dave" for one full year, crashing as many comedy clubs, festivals, and shows as possible. One part of the plan was at least logical: He was already Irish and already called Dave. In one year David went from being deathly afraid of public speaking to hosting a business conference, regularly performing stand-up comedy, and winning storytelling competitions in front of packed houses. He did it by learning from some of the best public speakers in the world: stand-up comedians.
Do You Talk Funny? shows how the key principles of stand-up comedy can be applied to your speaking engagements and presentations to make you funnier, more interesting, and better looking (or at least two of the three). Whether you are preparing for a business presentation, giving a wedding toast, defending your thesis, raising money from investors, or simply want to take on something you're afraid of, this book will take you from sweaty to stage-ready. Ten percent of the author's proceeds from this book will go to Arash Bayatmakou via Help Hope Live until he is fully back on his feet and thereafter to one of the many facing the same challenges after suffering severe spinal cord injuries.
©2015 BenBella Books (P)2015 David Nihill
This book is really interesting and entertaining to listen to. I've learned a lot from it. Plus, it's nice that the author read it himself.
I can't think of any other books which are directly comparable.
David is a remarkably good imitation of himself.
I smiled a lot, although I nodded much more.
This is just a great book
What a great book. I've had a few on speaking and presentations, this is the best one. I like the fact it's ever so slightly aimed at business speakers, not just for budding stand ups. Great job!
Good pointers and just hearing him read it teaches you about comedic timing. Worth it!
"A Textbook for a Take Action Program"
I'd listen to Do You Talk Funny again because he is implementing in his writing and editing what he's trying to teach us. So, he'll teach you something, and you'll quickly realize he's actually using that mechanism himself.
David has clearly done his research. Unlike most authors, he doesn't just change the words of the ideas he's 'borrowed' and make himself come off like a scholarly expert. He simply wraps his ideas in the quotations of people we all know, like and trust. It's as if he had an idea, discovered the formula, and implemented the wisdom from many - many people; as we all do naturally.
I've heard David live - and it's easy to imagine how the simple techniques he covers can actually be learned. He went through an intensive obsession to master his fear of public speaking. He immersed himself in standup comedy, figuring those people are the best suited to deal with fears in public speaking.
The first time I met David, my face was literally falling apart I was laughing so hard for more than an hour. Great stories, Humor ( the formula is included ), and what I now know is rehearsed spontaneity are all pulled together with some delivery techniques that absolutely had him controlling the audience (chapter #6 in the book)
What struck me about the book is how confident I felt I could absorb the material. It's presented in a very pragmatic way that can be absorbed (practiced) in small chunks.
It's not critical that you get 100% before you're ready to use these knew skills.
You can immediately read or listen to a single chapter, and start to get ideas for experiments you can try. With practice and feedback (which he encourages), you'll start to be like the professional comedians who watch for the things that make people laugh. (think about those memes you've seen of cats trying to get out of bath tubs - guaranteed laugh)
In his talks, he shows with videos how predictable humans are when it comes to humor.
Certain things will always make us laugh. He encourages you to not be afraid to just insert those funny things into your talk. Don't invent funny; borrow it.
In summary, there are things that are always funny. There are ways to make things more funny. When you put those two ideas together, you'll be able to predictably add laughter to your presentations. People listen better and remember feeling great about your talk when you've made them laugh.
When I go back to read it a second time, I'm going to really pay attention to the structure. If you do the same, you'll feel not only like you can be more humorous, but that you could take any thing you're interested in, research the heck out of it, and write your own book.
"Hilarious (and Informative) Read!"
This was a phenomenal read! Not only is it well written, packed with TONS of great information, but it's also really funny! One day I was listening to the audiobook while flying back from a business trip and I kept cracking up to the point that the person sitting next to me had to ask what I was reading. I love the information that David provides in the book- not only are they great insights, but it's also easily implementable. I recall taking notes like a mad-woman as I was reading (well...listening to) the book. I highly recommend reading Do You Talk Funny! It will definitely be one of my many business books that I keep looking to for a refresher!
I know what and where Ireland is lol.
It's a great book.
If you want to be a comedian (or a better one), public speaker or similar, this is for you.
David gives you step by step the process to write and speak funny.
Even English is not my natural language I understood everything with David's accent.
I thank David for sharing this information.
Great and funny listing.
"Irish Dave, almost as good as Irish whiskey."
This book was very good. If you give speeches if any kind, please, get this book. Having lived through many a yawn fest when listening to a presentation, I appreciate what David has put together here. He provides help, experience and expertise to this subject and makes it easy to grasp. Do the homework and, really, how could you lose? Well worth your time, and your listeners will appreciate you.
"good fundamentals on speaking with humor"
I enjoyed the Irish accent and the funny personal stories made the content more memorable.
Applicable, Hilarious, Intelligent
Good pace, clarity and tons of humor to drive home useful and helpful points to use in my everyday life and professional experience.
How to use storytelling to increase humor and interest in a presentation
I highly recommend this book to anyone. It's so useful for people wanting to spruce up and improve their presentations or public speaking but it's also just a funny and enjoyable read from someone who obviously has tons of experience and knowledge in this field. You would be doing yourself a disservice by not investing the short amount of time it would take to read/listen to this book and the value you would get from it.
"Helpful, But, I Prefer Greg Dean's Comedy Guide"
A very conversational book with Nihill talking about experiences in comedy, public speaking and what he learned from it. So, many stories to illustrate his 7 steps. I prefer Greg Dean's Step By Step Guide to Standup Comedy, because it goes into more detail and depth, also based on his many years of experience - writing jokes, preparing your set, preforming, handling hecklers, etc.
"Great book - not just funny - very useful for business talks"
Really enjoyed this book. I strongly recommend you buy it if you have to give any form of public talks In a business setting. You will not become a standup comedian- but you will be so much better than the next boring speaker that you might as well be one. He gets the messages about using humour in a business talk setting across in a way that is very easy to use. It reinforced many things that I have done for years without really thinking about them - as they just seemed to work. This book will allow me to have some greater structure around the process and to improve I am sure. If the concepts can work in a way that allows me to constantly get laughs on technical talks on Tax - I am sure it will work for you too. Buy this book - if for no other reason than to find out what happens to his mother in the story at the end of the book .... No spoilers here.
"Informative, educational and well worth a read!"
Jam packed with humour and insight. Incredibly well written & read. Well done Irish Dave. I challenge anyone to read this and not be entertained or indeed educated.
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