PODIUM HUMOR by James C. Humes

PODIUM HUMOR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An enormous and generally agreeable collection of one-liners and amusing stories tailored to head the audience away from aimless conversation and cold coffee back to the point at hand. Mr. Hume, a popular public speaker, has also composed orations for various people in high places, including a president, and eventually he even tips his hand to reveal his technique in hammering out initial jollities for political speechmaking. He teams golf and current affairs for a sample Gerald Ford effort (. . . ""while a golfer strives for a hole-in-one, I'm just trying to get out of a hole."" Oh well, -- the longer boffos are better). Along the way there are tips on how to weave your chosen anecdote (many are staples from celebrities past and present) into your message, listed here under category headings. For example, if you're a scientist accepting formal accolades: ""We old scientists. . . don't fade away. We just fail to react."" But seriously folks. . . this speaker's aid is better than most.

Pub Date: June 25th, 1975
Publisher: Harper & Row