Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast, Episode 11: Brad Schreiber (Special Edition)

Episode 11 Brad Schreiber How To Use Humor in Your Speech

In this Special Edition podcast, we’re going to do something a little different.

Several of my featured speakers talked about the Power of Humor. But for many, getting humor right is a challenge — myself included. Enter Brad Schreiber, author of What Are You Laughing At? How to Write Humor for Screenplays, Stories and More. I’ve asked him to be my guest in this episode to talk about adding humor to your presentations.

Carma holding Brad Schreiber's BookBrad has worked as a writer in books, TV, film, theater, radio and once wrote a humorous phone line called Dial an Insult. He has won awards from the Edward Albee Foundation, the National Press Foundation, International Book Awards and Independent Publisher Book Awards. He’s taught humor writing at the UCLA Extension Writers Program and many other subjects across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Brad has been V.P. for StoryTech Literary Consulting created by story structure expert Chris Vogler, and among Brad’s ten or so books, Becoming Jimi Hendrix is in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame library. He is also the author of the best-selling Weird Wonders and Bizarre Blunders.

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Podcast Highlights

Length: 44 minutes, 59 seconds

In addition to giving some background on how he developed his expertise in humor, and his book, What Are You Laughing At?, Brad Schreiber shares his top three tips for adding humor to talks, speeches and presentations:

  • Know your audience
  • Be yourself
  • Less is more

Listen to the podcast, or download the transcript to find out what he means by those three things.

Along the way, he shares numerous anecdotes that illustrate his points and will make you smile and, at times, laugh.

Brad Schreiber’s Big Tip: “It isn’t how many times you get the audience to laugh,” says Brad. “It’s how good the laugh is.”

About the Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast Series

Public Speaking Super Powers Mock Book CoverCarma Spence, the author of Public Speaking Super Powers, interviewed 80+ speakers as research for the book. This podcast shares those interviews so you can hear what the Featured Speakers said in their own words. This series will run twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, until all interviews are posted. Occasionally, a special edition with a new interview will be added to the mix.

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About the author

Carma Spence, is author of Public Speaking Super Powers. She is fiercely committed to guiding women to Owning their Superpowers and turning their knowledge and interests into a profitable business. She is masterful at helping her clients see what is possible for them and supporting them on the journey from where they are to where they want to be, releasing the Mind Goblins of self-doubt, self-sabotage and second-guessing that keep them stuck.

With 20+ years experience in marketing communications and public relations, natural intuitive skills and certification in using some of the most effective transformational coaching tools available, Carma’s mission and commitment is to unleash the inner power every woman entrepreneur possesses so they can boldly go out into the world, transforming the fabric of people’s lives in meaningful and positive ways.

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