Source of Humor for Your Next Speech

Where can you find humor for your next presentation?   You don’t have to go online to find good jokes or watch David Letterman to find laughter.  Simply strike up conversations with people you meet while going about your daily activities.

For example, recently we sat down to eat in a local restaurant. I let my wife out and was parking the car.  When the server came over to get our drink orders, my wife said, “We’ll both have water and I’ll have iced tea.  I don’t know what he’ll drink.”

The server responded, “So what’s he going to do with the water?”

I loved this clever retort and jotted it down so I’d remember it.

While in Beaufort, South Carolina, my wife and I were eating in an outdoor section of a restaurant.  A lady sat down close to us accompanied by a beautiful dog.  As we sat eating and watching the dog sitting on the floor by its master, I was impressed by how well-behaved she was.

So I said to the owner of the dog, “Your dog is more well-behaved than most children.”

She said, “Thanks. That’s why my boys are in daycare and the dog is with me.”

You simply need to carry a notebook or cards with you and write down the conversation immediately so that you will not forget.  You may not give your next presentation for several weeks or months, but begin your preparation by looking for humor in your next conversation.


Steve Boyd
Steve Boyd
Stephen D. Boyd, Ph.D., CSP, is Professor Emeritus of Speech Communication, College of Informatics, Northern Kentucky University, near Cincinnati. He presents keynotes and seminars to corporations and associations whose people want to speak and listen effectively. Contact Steve today for priority scheduling! (859) 866-5693 or email

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