Stand-up’s make standing in front of a bunch of people and being funny so easy, don’t they? But in reality, us normal people know… it’s not. It’s really hard.
But the good news is even the best stand-ups weren’t always as polished. And they have to make a career of it. You only need to be funny for five minutes and then can go back to enjoying your dinner and making a fool of yourself on the dancefloor.
There are ways of making this as pain-free as possible. First of all, make sure you’ve practised your speech over and again beforehand, even trying it in front of a friend or two if possible.
Then, on the big day, the most important thing is just to take your time. You know the material. You know the speech is funny. The only thing holding you back are those pesky nerves. So adjust your delivery to slightly slower than normal as you ease in. Give all the jokes room to breathe.
By the time you’ve got your first laugh, you’ll ease up. From then on it’s all about eye-contact and performing to your crowd. Don’t just read it off a piece of paper. Remember, for five minutes, you’re Jerry Seinfeld, so milk it for all it’s worth.
And if necessary, maybe check out Speechy’s all new Delivery Coaching Service. It could make the difference!
So those are our top tips! Embrace uniqueness, reject recycled old jokes and you’ll be laughing. As will your adoring audience.