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 (B)agged the (B)aldridge award (B)ecause our (B)rainy, (B)eautiful (B)usinesspeople are the (B)est.'
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 (C)runch on our division. Even though we are (C)runched, we are still (C)reative. We are still (C)redible. And we will (C)onquer this problem.'