Have you wondered why some people are witty; whereas some others complained for their own lack of wit? In business meetings, social gatherings etc, the one who stands out and popular usually exudes wittiness (and most of the time, get away with what they want!)
Can we be on par with these people?
The thing is, we are all witty people! But some of us practise it and some don't. That makes a difference. Here is one of the ways to enhance our wittiness.
Look out for 'loopholes' and re-interprete of what people say:
Eg: In one stage production I was involved in, one character was on cross-roads and just need some motivation from his friends. He said, "I just need some support ..."
The second character, upon hearing this, went on, "Don't worry, we'll support you from behind!", and literally moved to the back of the first character to show his "support from behind". This got the auditorium cracked into laughter.
The words "from behind" wasn't in the script but a wording "loophole" was spotted and was exploited well to the audience's delight.
So the next time when you are speaking to someone, look out for such situations!
Founder, The Speaking Factory Pte Ltd
Author, The Stage Fright Antidote!
From the Editor
The Speaking Factory is founded by Hazriq Idrus, Asia's Trusted Workplace Creativity, Creative Leadership and Public Speaking Strategist, with a mission to help organisations enhance people potential and organisational performance. Hazriq is the author of The Stage Fright Antidote and co-authored eight other books.
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