You can have lots of fun with nicknames for people in the crowd
— as long as you absolutely know they are OK with being teased.

I was recently a guest speaker at Randy Gage’s speaker’s
institute. Randy is well-known for being a snappy dresser and he
has no trouble letting you know that his clothes are expensive
and custom made in France, Italy, etc. I, on the other hand,
dress plainly with nothing too fancy or overly expensive.

We ended up bantering back and forth on various points of
professional level speaking and marketing and when one critical
point of contention was coming to a head I said, “Now listen
Armani boy.” This brought down the house and became a running gag
throughout the rest of the event.

At another event Lynn Rose the fabulous singer, opened up the
convention right before I came on to speak. Late in my program, I
played a recording of a parody song with me as the singer.
Everyone loved it and I said, “Eat your heart out singer lady.”

This doesn’t sound very funny as you read it here, but I can
assure you it was at the time. Why? Because she was obviously a
top professional singer and I was a barely passable parody singer
that couldn’t hold a candle to her excellence, yet I was acting
like I was a hot shot. Also, by using “singer lady” a nickname I
gave her, instead of her name I was further portraying my false
excellence and pretty much dissing her.

Note: For the above to work, I had to make it abundantly clear
that I was teasing and not serious.

You can also tell about your own nicknames you had as a child or
that you have now — especially if they sound funny like “choo
choo” or have a funny story about how you got the nickname.

See the system Tom uses to create a humor home-run every time!

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