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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This book is really interesting and entertaining to listen to. I've learned a lot from it. Plus, it's nice that the author read it himself.
What other book might you compare Do You Talk Funny? to, and why?
I can't think of any other books which are directly comparable.
Which character – as performed by David Nihill – was your favourite?
David is a remarkably good imitation of himself.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I smiled a lot, although I nodded much more.
Any additional comments?
This is just a great book
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He's clearly written a book and then a publishing company has asked him to distinguish himself by putting the number 7 in the title (no mention of this in the book) and business spin (it's 99% about stand up in a comedy club).
His material, I'm afraid to say, is weak and he's completely missed the point about what makes a good stand up. You can count laughs as you tell everyone about a drunken thing you did and no one will remember you. The great comedians have a theme or underlying truth to their work that you remember and mull over long after they've left the stage. The problem with telling drunk stories or silly anecdotes is that everyone knows someone who can tell a funny story. I think stand up comedy involves using your prep time to actually make the audience think or shock them in a way that an off the cuff story could never do. Unfortunately he doesn't really get that and doesn't really have. Too much advise to offer other than think of funny stuff that's happened to you and hone down the word count.
Would you listen to Do You Talk Funny? again? Why?
I'd listen to Do You Talk Funny again because he is implementing in his writing and editing what he's trying to teach us. So, he'll teach you something, and you'll quickly realize he's actually using that mechanism himself.
What other book might you compare Do You Talk Funny? to and why?
David has clearly done his research. Unlike most authors, he doesn't just change the words of the ideas he's 'borrowed' and make himself come off like a scholarly expert. He simply wraps his ideas in the quotations of people we all know, like and trust. It's as if he had an idea, discovered the formula, and implemented the wisdom from many - many people; as we all do naturally.
Have you listened to any of David Nihill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I've heard David live - and it's easy to imagine how the simple techniques he covers can actually be learned. He went through an intensive obsession to master his fear of public speaking. He immersed himself in standup comedy, figuring those people are the best suited to deal with fears in public speaking.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The first time I met David, my face was literally falling apart I was laughing so hard for more than an hour. Great stories, Humor ( the formula is included ), and what I now know is rehearsed spontaneity are all pulled together with some delivery techniques that absolutely had him controlling the audience (chapter #6 in the book)
Any additional comments?
What struck me about the book is how confident I felt I could absorb the material. It's presented in a very pragmatic way that can be absorbed (practiced) in small chunks.
It's not critical that you get 100% before you're ready to use these knew skills.
You can immediately read or listen to a single chapter, and start to get ideas for experiments you can try. With practice and feedback (which he encourages), you'll start to be like the professional comedians who watch for the things that make people laugh. (think about those memes you've seen of cats trying to get out of bath tubs - guaranteed laugh)
In his talks, he shows with videos how predictable humans are when it comes to humor.
Certain things will always make us laugh. He encourages you to not be afraid to just insert those funny things into your talk. Don't invent funny; borrow it.
In summary, there are things that are always funny. There are ways to make things more funny. When you put those two ideas together, you'll be able to predictably add laughter to your presentations. People listen better and remember feeling great about your talk when you've made them laugh.
When I go back to read it a second time, I'm going to really pay attention to the structure. If you do the same, you'll feel not only like you can be more humorous, but that you could take any thing you're interested in, research the heck out of it, and write your own book.
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What did you love best about Do You Talk Funny??
This was a phenomenal read! Not only is it well written, packed with TONS of great information, but it's also really funny! One day I was listening to the audiobook while flying back from a business trip and I kept cracking up to the point that the person sitting next to me had to ask what I was reading. I love the information that David provides in the book- not only are they great insights, but it's also easily implementable. I recall taking notes like a mad-woman as I was reading (well...listening to) the book. I highly recommend reading Do You Talk Funny! It will definitely be one of my many business books that I keep looking to for a refresher!
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