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The humor technique used in this speech is mainly “self deprecating humor” – making fun of yourself.  In this speech it is about my height. 

Putting yourself down  brings laughter up! One humor technique that almost always works, both in conversation and on stage, is self-deprecating humor–making fun of yourself.  Even straight-laced Al Gore, at the beginning of the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” used self-deprecating humor when he came on stage and said, “Hello, my name is Al Gore, and I used to be the next president of the United States.”.

The main benefits of self deprecating humor are: It makes you more approachable–you seem less threatening or intimidating. The other person may even get the satisfaction of feeling a little superior. It makes you seem modest, likable and confident. It diffuses tension. It makes people laugh and people love to laugh.

Also a lot of personal stories are used, especially the train journey’s which are actual incidents narrated with a little bit of exaggeration.  The exaggeration makes the incidents funny.

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