PSA South West May 2024: How to be funny and how funny behaviour can be!

02 May|17:30 - 21:30|Guyers House Hotel, Chippenham - See full address

About this event

This meeting is all about rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty!

Well not actually dirty, but it’s going to be a very practical event where the learning is in the doing!

Humour is something that most speakers aim to get into their talks but when it is forced, it can be anything but funny! We have got the hugely talented Beth Sherman who has written for some of the top shows in the States, to come and share her tips and techniques and actively work on YOUR material to help you use humour appropriately.

Our second speaker is the Queen of Behaviour.  If you have ever wondered why you do, say or react as you do, or why others do, say or react as they do, this session is going to enlighten you.  This is a session I have been trying to book Vicky O’Farrell for since taking over as RP and I am delighted to finally get her booked in as I know how fantastic she is in helping people to understand their own personality style and how to read others better too.

And alongside this, we have our normal showcase and oodles of time to network with other speakers and form those friendships that make all the difference in the speaking world.


Keynote:  Let’s start by looking in the mirror  – With Vicky O’Farrell

Have you ever wanted to know why other people Do, Say and React the way they do?  Or why people respond as they do to your actions?

We spend much of life on “auto-pilot” which can mean we have no idea what effect our actions are having on others – friends, family, clients and even audiences!  When you have awareness, it does not mean you have to change who you are, but it gives you the ability to adapt your own style to get the best out of those around you.

Award-winning personality profiler, Vicky O’Farrell is going to take us on a journey of understanding your own personality style and how to unlock the people puzzle to read others too.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand your strongest personality style and how to read others
  • WHEN to adapt your style to get the best out of others
  • HOW to adapt your style


Workshop: The Comedy Repair Shop – with Beth Sherman

Putting comedy into a talk needs is a talent! In this very practical session, Beth will share tips and tricks from her experience as a professional comedy writer and comedian for making presentations funnier and more engaging — followed by a writers room experience where attendees will have the chance work as a group, and apply those tips and tricks to their colleagues’ material.

Comedy is a team sport, and together, we’ll try to punch-up (make funnier) and problem-solve jokes, intros, endings, thoughts or stories that aren’t currently getting consistent laughs or smiles, despite the speakers’ best attempts.

The key takeaways include:

  • Learning basic comedy terms and techniques,
  • How to spot comedic opportunities in your existing material,
  • Five reasons jokes fail
  • How to best avoid those pitfalls, and what to do if they happen anyway.


So regardless of your typical audience size, and whether your audience is students, colleagues or friends, or you address people in courtrooms, churches or boardrooms, come and take part in this event that will help your delivery be the best it can be,

Keynote speakers

Vicky O'Farrell
Beth Sherman
Vicky O'Farrell

Vicky is a Professional Speaker, Businesswoman and people expert. After 25 years in the corporate world, predominately in Sales in the construction environment, she set up her business ‘Queen of Behaviours Ltd’.

She had a fascination of people and wanted to understand “why people do, say and react the way they do” and so studied the DISC system. As a qualified, award-winning DISC Practitioner she has given presentations, run workshops and masterclasses with numerous corporations and individuals, helping them understand their team dynamics to build stronger and supportive teams, improve moral, reduce stress, enhance communication and increase productivity.

Vicky’s life motto is “We have one lap of this thing called life and you are in the driving seat. If you’re not happy, indicate and change lanes” and people who have worked with her have said that “Vicky’s passion and enthusiasm is contagious, and she inspires those around her to help themselves”.

Beth Sherman

Beth Sherman is a speaker, comedian, and seven-time Emmy Award-winning Hollywood comedy writer who’s written for the biggest shows in American television, including Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Ellen, and the Academy Awards.

As a speaker, she helps companies achieve healthier workplaces and more profitable business relationships by showing employees how to harness the power of humor to create quick connection and genuine engagement with clients and colleagues.

Event agenda

Enjoy a cuppa after your journey whilst chatting with other speakers
A packed meeting with 1 workshop, 1 keynote, 1 showcase, refreshments and more networking. Phew!!!
Home time via the bar for more chatting should you wish

The venue

Get in touch with the organiser

Caroline Cavanagh

Regional President - South West

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PSA South West May 2024: How to be funny and how funny behaviour can be!

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