To add some humor to your public speaking engagement you can make fake
newspaper articles and headlines and book covers by using your computer software
To mock up a newspaper article, simply find the column function of your word
processor and set the column width to approximate a real newspaper. It does not
matter that you are not holding up actual newsprint because you could have
simply cut the article from a newspaper and had it photocopied. If you want to
actually use a real newspaper, you could go through a lengthy trial and error
process trying to shade a piece of laser paper to approximate the color of your
newspaper. I guess you could also find some actual newsprint that would feed
through your printer.
The easiest way is to simply paste or tape your headline or article on one of
the inside pages of a real newspaper and then open the paper so you can read the
paste up, but the audience can not really see it.
Humorist and parody writer David Glickman gave me this really funny idea . He
uses his color inkjet printer to duplicate the black box and yellow letters that
are on the front of all the Dummies series of books. He then pastes his
new title over the one on an actual Dummies book. The rest of the cover
is so busy that people only focus on the big black box. From a distance you
can't even tell it is a mockup. I just used this techniques for a big cable
company. The title was, Digital Cable TV Maintenance and Installation for
Dummies. It is not too funny to you, but it was
hilarious to the targeted audience. You can also mock up fake telegrams, letters,
and Email messages from well known
people who are not at the public speaking event.