The tremendous Diane Piper asked me to run a comedy workshop for the Hanwic Speakers, which is a Toastmasters International Club for public speakers. They had an important competition coming-up, and they wanted to learn how to add some humour into their competition speeches. I've always enjoyed working with public speakers; they come from all walks of life and bring their interesting and eclectic work and life experiences into their speeches. They're easy to work with, and it's always fun.
I'm going to let Diane tell you how the workshop went in her own words:
"What do a policeman, a Mayor and a nurse have in common?
No, there's no punchline. The three of them joined 23 others at Jill Edwards' innovative comedy workshop. It was a drizzly, grey day that immediately brightened when Jill arrived to teach the 26 eager, smiling participants from eight Southern Toastmaster Clubs. Hosted by Hamwic Speakers, a Toastermasters International Club, their unifying goal was to learn how to develop and deliver speeches that make people laugh. Jill's methods have been applied by some of Britain's top stand-up comedians and are highly effective. It's very powerful stuff and by the end of the afternoon, the room buzzed with energy and fun.
The policeman, the Mayor and the nurse unanimously agreed, "this was a fantastic workshop" while a nearby attendee from Portsmouth mapped the route to the Komedia, Brighton."
Diane Piper, Hamwic Speakers, Toastmasters International