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Impromptu Speaking Tips

What If You Are Called on to Speak Impromptu

Continual Preparation and Practice for Mastering Impromptu Speaking

 

What If You Are Called on to Speak Impromptu

  • Ask for a few minutes to prepare: if you are asked to speak on the spot, ask for a few minutes to collect your thoughts.  Follow the impromptu speaking process described here.
  • Use index card to write notes: write your thoughts on an index card or a small sheet of paper (about 3"x5").
  • Select topic: most of the time, the topic is given based on the event, but if you are not given a topic, think of one from the summary.
  • Prepare: use the preparation time to prepare using the process described in the impromptu speaking practice above.
  • Deliver: use the delivery process described in the impromptu speaking practice above.


Continual Preparation and Practice for Mastering Impromptu Speaking

  • Collect supporting materials continually: be on the lookout for interesting supporting materials, such as anecdotes, statistics, facts, examples, and quotations, and save them in a document.  Keep adding to this document as you come across more supporting materials.  Organize the material by topic.  Create a brief summary of the supporting material collection to remind you.  Keep this document handy in printed or electronic form.
  • Practice: practice impromptu speaking on regular basis using the process described here.
  • Prepare beforehand: if you think you might be called on to speak on the spot in a meeting or an event, review the supporting material summary and practice impromptu speaking beforehand.
  • Carry index cards: keep index cards (3"x5" or 4"x6") in your briefcase all the time in case you need them for an impromptu speech.

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