How to Be Witty

  • by Clayton Geoffreys
  • Narrated by Dave Wright
  • 1 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Learn what makes up the art of wit and how to become wittier!
In How to Be Witty: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming More Clever, Charming, and Engaging with People, you'll learn the fundamentals of how to be wittier in your conversations. This book covers a variety of topics including why certain people are identified as witty people, and what makes up wit. Incorporating wit into your daily life can be a great way to take your conversations and relationships to a whole new level. We'll explore the three key elements of humor and wit, which are tension, deviation, and superiority. We'll dig into why Groucho Marx and Robin Williams were known as such witty people. Most importantly, we'll learn how you can become wittier with a few changes in your behavior. So stop waiting and download up a copy today to start learning how to become wittier!
Here is a preview of what is inside this book:



Foreword
Why is Being Witty Important?
Seven Reasons Why Being Witty Can Elevate Conversation Skills
Three Essential Elements to Humor and Wit
Where Does Wit Come From?
Case Study Number One: Groucho Marx
Case Study Number Two: Robin Williams
Nine Actionable Steps to Becoming More Witty
How to Think Outside the Box to Become More Witty
How to Improve Your Vocabulary to Take Wittiness to the Next Level
How to Avoid Conversation Lulls with the Help of Wit
How to Build Confidence in Your Witty Remarks
Five Actionable Ways to Improve Wit
Conclusion

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Mostly useless for most adults

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it was actually funny. Quite ironic that a book on humourous wit should be completely devoid of any humour.

Also, the book spends a lot of time (the majority of the book in my opinion) telling you what not to say (i.e. anything that might be remotely insulting to anybody) rather than giving you tips to improve your wit.


What three words best describe Dave Wright’s performance?

OK, bit dull


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How to Be Witty?

Everything. Start from scratch. The title is completely misleading as some people want to actually just learn something about wit and use it in daily conversation rather than wanting to be a stand-up comedian.

Also a significant portion of the book talks about the social advantages of wit. I would have cut this out, because most people are instinctively aware of this (unless you are a cave-dwelling hermit), and is probably why people would be interested in a book with a title like this in the first place. Therefore that section is mostly redundant.

A more accurate title would have been: Stand-up comedy for Middle Schoolers: a primer on politically correct comedy to impress your grandparents! Or, how to make people yawn in unison.


Any additional comments?

This book assumes you want to be a stand-up comedian (in my opinion a humourless one at that) and as mentioned before is ironically completely unfunny.

One of the gems of knowledge this book recommends to improve your wit is to study a dictionary to increase your vocabulary. This must be a joke on the listener/reader, in which case it is well played... but still not funny.


That said, there may be something in this book that I have missed. I'll admit I am in a foul mood (completely unrelated to the book) as I am writing this review. I feel bad that I'm insulting what might be someone's life's work here (I would hope the author sets his sights higher next time).

Some people (about 5 of them) might well enjoy this book. Or perhaps large doses of psychoactive substances and a heroic dose of imagination might make this book an enjoyable listen.



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- Gerrit

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2015
  • Publisher: Calvintir Books, LLC