David Nihill: Become A Better And Funnier Speaker


What is it that makes some speakers stand out from the crowd and lifts their presentations apart from the world of bland, dull and monotonous speakers? More often than not, humour.  Audiences have become conditioned to receiving information with a dose of entertainment, and that makes humour a critical tool for any professional communicator. It’s not just about getting some laughs to make yourself feel good; it’s about using humour to grab and hold your audience’s interest, making your message stickier and ultimately more persuasive. 


In this course, learn from David Nihill, bestselling author, storyteller, and occasional comedian, on how to become a better and funnier speaker. With David, you will be learning from the best. As well as writing the best-selling book Do You Talk Funny?, founding the FunnyBizz Conference, and featuring in The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, The Irish Times, NPR, Fast Company and Forbes, David works with San Francisco State University, General Assembly, and the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center as a course instructor. His program has been featured by Prezi as one of the five best online training courses for presenters, and his book remains one of the highest rated in the world on the topic of public speaking. As a storyteller, he finished runner-up in NPR's the Moth's largest US story telling competition and has won multiple Moth Storyslam competitions. He has performed stand-up comedy at California's leading clubs including Cobbs, the Comedy Store, the Improv and the Punchline, even though he still strongly denies being a comedian! And, as an added bonus, Sarah Cooper, a writer, comedian, and creator of the satirical blog TheCooperReview.com, will also be joining David to teach you how to make boring subjects more entertaining.

They assert that humour is a skill, which means that it can be learned by anyone. They believe that the notion that we’re “born funny” couldn’t be more false: “being funny” is just a set of easily-replicated techniques (for example, the setup followed by the punchline) that anyone can pick up with a little practice. So whether you are preparing for a business presentation, giving a wedding toast, defending your thesis, raising money from investors, this class promises to take you from nervous and sweaty to stage-ready.

What you can expect to learn:

  • How top business speakers are using humour
  • One Sure Fire Way to Add Funny to any content
  • How To Replicate Top TED Talks
  • Basic Comedy Writing Techniques
  • Quick ways to get funny fast
  • How To Make Boring Things Funny (with guest Sarah Cooper)
  • Storytelling Tips that everyone can use
  • Advanced Comedy Writing Techniques
  • How to critique your own stories
  • Never go blank on stage with the memory palace technique
  • Content delivery tips for all levels
  • Manage stage fright