When you are speaking in public, humor need not be knee slapping funny to be
effective. Here is a mild form of humor to add to your public speaking
engagements. Alliteration is the repetition of the same first sound or the same
first letter in a group of words or line of poetry.
You find alliteration used in advertisements and titles all the time because
it tends to catch your eye and ear. One of my humorous public speaking topics is
titled Pranks for Profit: Confessions of a Paid Practical Joker It has
four "p" sounds.
Here is an example of a positive message delivered with alliteration:
"We Bagged the Baldridge award Because our Brainy,
Beautiful Businesspeople are the Best."
In a negative message you can soften the blow of the message without
appearing frivolous or uncaring. Example:
"The strike by one of our suppliers has put a Crunch on our
division. Even though we are Crunched, we are still Committed
We are still Credible. And we will Conquer this