How to Make a Funny and Short Election Speech
- 1). Decide on a message or simple platform. Remind your audience of your qualifications. Make note of your strengths and contrast them with those of your competitors. Address perceived weaknesses and objections upfront. Base your speech on your plans for the future while offering new ideas and a fresh approach. Assess your audience and target the undecided voters, as supporters don't need to be convinced and opponents are not likely to switch sides. End your speech on a note that leaves your audience with a main thought and a memorable punch line.
- 2). Brainstorm humorous ideas on paper or on the computer. Ponder what tickles your funny bone about your life experiences, likes and dislikes. Narrow your ideas down to the best ones. Bounce your jokes off of others to identify what they perceive as funny. Don't be afraid to poke a little fun at yourself. Audiences appreciate knowing that you are human and that you are able to learn from your mistakes and smile at your own faults.
- 3). Recite your speech out loud and time it. Make adjustments in the wording to adhere to your time limits. Avoid sentences that don't add substance to your speech. Keep phrases and sentences short, combining thoughts where appropriate. Every sentence should say something about you or your platform. Detect places where you can cut wording without changing the meaning and feel of the speech, to keep it tight and full of impact.
- 4). Practice your speech in front of family and friends whom you trust to be objectively critical. Heed their opinions and advice, using it to fine tune your speech. If possible, practice using a microphone in front of a podium. Add gestures to enhance your physical presentation that don't detract from your message or distract your audience. Make use of vocal variety to add emphasis to your words. Slowly pan the audience as you speak, making eye contact with them.