Public Speaking Training:
The definition of a parody is a funny imitation of a person, event, song or
serious piece of writing. The proper use of parodies are taught in my public
speaking training. I have a lot of fun doing parodies in my presentations and
getting the audience to participate too.
I usually do a parody of a recognizable song and change the words to be
funny. I get the audience members to sing along with me by putting the words in
their handouts or giving out a song sheet. (The song sheet method is great to
because it keeps the whole segment hidden so I can surprise them.) I get the
words to customize the song from my pre-program research and assemble them in a
You can take a common song everyone knows, like 'You are My Sunshine', change
the words, and then sing it either by yourself or get the audience to sing along
with you. Getting the audience singing along is a great way to interact and get
In your public speaking training you will find that parody is usually protected from copyright infringement, but get competent
legal advice before using this technique.