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Callbacks 

The use of callbacks is taught in your public speaking training. A callback is when you refer back to a word or phrase previously mentioned in your presentation.

A Callback can be used whether the previous material got a bunch of  laughs, or was a complete groaner. If you got a good reaction from previous material, mentioning it again will create more laughter and make you look good for tying the previous material together with the present information.
If the previous material got a bad reaction, the callback will show your willingness to make fun of yourself, which is a quality the audience will appreciate. A true professional having had public speaking training knows when he does well and when he doesn't. A good public speaker should be able to laugh at himself and learn from his mistakes.
Here's how to make it work for you: Let's say you used a successful two-liner in your presentation 'Don't rely on health books too much. You could die of a misprint'. Later in your presentation someone might notice a misspelling in one of your handouts or visuals. You can then 'call back' and say, 'See, that's one of those misprints I was telling you about earlier.' 

Participation is part of audience attention and is an important skill to focus on during your public speaking training. Another good thing that could happen is one or more of the audience members might make the connection and do the callback for you. One of them may blurt out something about your health book line. Laugh along with them, because you are getting them involved and allowing them to feel superior to you, which makes them feel like the star of the show.  You could then come back to the callback with, "See, I put that there to test you." When you really get confident, you might actually make the misprint on purpose to set up this whole scenario.

 

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