Public speaking can be a lot of fun, especially when humor is included. The use of humor to have an audience agree with your point of view can go a long way in convincing them that your solution is the right one. Let’s break down a humorous persuasive speech, and look at its elements one by one. Keep in mind that the purpose of the speech is to convince the audience to agree with your opinion or ideas.
Funny speech topics
- Boys gossip more than girls do.
- Should Trix stop its discrimination and make them for everyone?
- Blaming your horoscope for why things went wrong
- What do I have to do to receive free chicken?
- Imagine your life as a grandpa / grandma
- How to be lazy like a pro
- Breakup insurance policy should be invented
- What teachers do when they’re not teaching
- Which came first: the chicken or the egg?
- ten ways to annoy your parents
- What will the world be like in the year 3000?
- Why men shouldn’t wear skinny jeans
- Being the oldest/youngest sibling
- Vegetables have feelings – stop carrot cruelty
- Camping: the fun and the not so fun
- How to feed your dog your homework
- Why kids should make jokes in class
- If video game characters were real
- Why lying well can be helpful
- Why I should marry Cameron Diaz
- Why did the duck cross the road?
- How to looks smarter than you are
- When nothing goes left, go right
- A narrow escape from trouble
- It was an unusual friendship
- Eating things you don’t like
- Grown-ups are weird species
- Blaming your dog for things
- Fear of 12th grade
- Getting water from a rock
- Vegetables have feelings
- Zombie protection
- 20 weird-sounding words and what they mean
- The worst holiday ever
- If you ruled the world
- Fun with super glue
- How to catch a cold
Once you have chosen a topic, you will need to compose the speech structure. This sample of outline will help you getting started. The example topic is: “How to convince the teacher that a household pet ate your homework.”
Start the talk by introducing yourself. For example, “Good Morning, my name is ____.” Then, go for the “gold.” Hit the audience with a statement or question that will grab their attention immediately. Another example: “Who remembers using the excuse that my dog ate my term paper?”
The body of the speech: Three points
Hopefully, with the audience waiting with baited breath, the time is ripe to hit them with three good reasons for them to listen to, and agree with, what is being said.
- Your sister’s pet hamster died, and she needed a small piece of paper to wrap the body in and used your homework paper.
- Your brother was making bedding for his pet gerbil and ran out of newspaper to cut into strips and used your term paper instead.
- Your new dog has been trained to pee on newspaper on the floor, and your homework papers had slipped off the kitchen counter, and, well….
More than three points can be made, if indicated. But at least three points should always be used. To close your argument, summarize and end with a strong reason why the audience should agree with you. For example, “With the number and variety of pets available today, one does not have to use the family dog all the time as an excuse for not doing one’s homework.”