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Art of Public Speaking:
Fake Facts and Statistics

Stating falsehoods as if they were absolutely true is a fun way to play with the audience during a public speaking assignment, Can you imagine falsehoods being used in the art of public speaking?

Yes, but you must make the statements clearly false by your words and your facial expressions.

When you use this technique in this fashion, you absolutely do not want to leave any doubt in the audience's mind whether you are being amusing or not. In the art of public speaking, you control the impression received.

Deadpan expression, or keeping a straight face, is a good technique to combine with fake facts and statistics. Also, you should really, really sound like you are trying to convince the audience that what your saying is true. This overemphasis on the sound of truth also tells the audience you are lying.

One time I was doing a Secretaries Day function. I used an extremely serious voice when I told them that scientific studies had been conducted indicating that the only reason executives became executives was because they couldn't make it as secretaries. They loved it. Having the audience love you is one of the rewards of the art of public speaking.

Another good technique to build up your joke is to use official sounding sources for the information. 'A study done for the Alaskan Pipeline Workers Union indicated that 97.2 percent of Alaskan Pipeline Workers wear No Nonsense panty hose.'

When using this type of humor in the art of public speaking, use 'exact numbers' which add an extra comic emphasis.

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