You have been given a particularly pointless Christmas present? Here's a way of making sense of it. You can enter it for a prize. The Times writer John Naish set up the Landfill Prize awarded to the most useless objects. What's the most useless, pointless, resource-wasting consumer gadget that you have seen, bought or been given in the past 12 months?
, it's nerve-racking enough to deliver a compelling speech, let alone to add humour to the mix. But making your audience laugh is a guaranteed way to get their attention and soften them up to your point of view. So how to go about it?The safest type of humour is of the self-deprecating kind, where the