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Comic Verse & Power Poetry

Your public speaking training shows you how to properly include comical poetry or verse into your presentation.  Sometimes a short poem can illustrate your point better than hours of talking could.

Poems can be inspiring and motivating as well as funny. Poems also add variety to your presentation. Make sure that you memorize any poetry you want to use flawlessly. If you stumble over the words you will ruin the effect.

If you pick a long poem, you may want to consider reading it, but total memorization will have a greater impact. Poetry, even if its funny, should be used sparingly in any business presentation.

Always look through your material for any area that could utilize a piece of comic verse could illustrate. You don't want to use any kind of humor that does not support the point you are trying to make.

Here are some examples of points and funny poems to illustrate them.

POINT: Get going to achieve your goals.
You have the tools, you just need to pick them up and use them.

Sitting still and wishing
Makes no person great.
The Good Lord sends the fishes.
But you must dig the bait.
-- Anonymous

POINT: Everyone starts at the bottom. That won't keep you from being great.
Be willing to do the dirty work beforehand to receive the blessings.

The lightning bug is a brilliant thing
But the insect is so blind.
It goes on stumbling through the world
With its headlights on behind.
-- Anonymous

POINT: Look forward, not backward.

Do not worry if your job is small
And your rewards are few.
Just remember that the mighty oak
Was once a nut, like you.
-- Anonymous

Rewrite of the last verse (to make the audience feel superior to me)

Do not worry if your job is small
With rewards you can't see.
Just remember that the mighty oak
Was once a nut, like me.

POINT: If you have a problem, do something about it.

Life is real,
Life is earnest
If you're cold,
Turn up the furnace.
-- Herman Munster

POINT: Ride out the tough stuff in life.

When the tides of life turn against you,
And the current upsets your boat,
Don't waste those tears on what might have been,
Just lay on your back and float.
-- Ed Norton in "The Honeymooners"

LIMERICKS

POINT: Be careful who you deal with.

There once was a young lady from Niger,
Who smiled as she rode on a tiger.
They came back from the ride
With the lady inside,
And a smile on the face of the tiger.

POINT: Are you just coming along for the ride?

A silly young man from Port Clyde
In a funeral procession was spied.
Asked, 'who is dead?' He giggled and said,
'I don't know. I just came for the ride.'

POINT: Quit fighting.

There once were two cats in Kilkenny.
Each cat thought there was one too many.
So they scratched and they fit
And they tore and they bit,
Til instead of two there weren't any.

In the famous words of Marie Antoinette ~~
"Keep cool when all's done and said,
Above all remember, don't lose your head."

In your public speaking training you will see that funny poetry usually goes over better in your presentation by keeping things light.

 

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