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  • The Better Speaker Series
    Impromptu Speaking
    By OlenaRodina
  • Feeling Put On The Spot?
    • What’s more challenging than preparing to give a speech?
    • How about giving a speech…
    without advance preparation?
  • The Triumphs And Terrors Of Table Topics
    • Immediately after being asked a question, you are expected to give a 2 minute answer that is:
    • Organized
    • Coherent
    • Entertaining
  • Every day off-the-cuff speaking opportunities
  • Three Approaches To Help
    • Applying Impromptu Speaking Tactics
    • Structuring a response
    • Selecting A Strategy
    - Thinking of what to say
    • Whatever You Do, Don’t…
    - Short list of things not to do
  • Impromptu Speaking Tactics - Is There A Formula?
    • We can’t always anticipate a question’s content…
    • Or predict when we will be asked “to give a few words”
    • It is possible to become better prepared and confident to answer
  • There is A Formula !
  • When Giving An Impromptu Talk
    Listen
    Pause
    Confirm
    Tell
    End!
  • Listen-Pause-Confirm-Tell-End
    • Don’t just hear, be attentive
    • Use what you listened to as part of your response:
    - Resist speaking until ready
    - Focus on what was said
    - Agree/disagree with question
  • Listen:Advantages
    • According respect:
    - Give respect by listening
    - Gain respect in return
    • Ready-made dialog:
    - Use what you heard in replying
    - Directly comment on question
  • Listen-Pause-Confirm-Tell-End
    • Give your brain a chance to refresh
    • Adds drama
    • Acknowledge the question:
    - Smile
    - Nod
    - No filler words (“Ah”, “Um”)
  • Listen-Pause-Confirm-Tell-End
    • Repeat question out loud:
    - Give your mind a chance to absorb concept
    - Verify the topic, in case you misunderstood the question
  • Listen-Pause-Confirm-Tell-End
    • Dazzle audience with your reply!
    • Stay focused on what you say
    • Express only the essential points in your reply
  • Listen-Pause-Confirm-Tell-End!
    • Don’t belabor your response
    • Bring your comments to a close:
    - Summarize your main point
    - Smile at the conclusion
    - Make final eye contact
    - Sit down!
  • Remember The Secret Formula
    Listen
    Pause
    Confirm
    Tell
    End!
  • Selecting A Strategy - Thinking of what to say
    • Express an Opinion
    • Address Cause and Effect
    • Break the Topic into Components
    • Past, Present and Future
    Just 3 or 4 points to make
    during your speech
  • Strategies: Express An Opinion
    • State your opinion
    • Pro/Con, justify your position:
    • One item of support to answer a question
    • Two or three items of support if responding to a speech
  • Strategies: Address Cause And Effect
    • State the situation
    • Discuss causes
    • Align with consequences
    LOGICAL FLOW
  • Strategies: Break Topic Into Components
    • Discuss each element individually
    • Describe elements by their:
    • Differences
    • Difficulty
    - Relative importance
  • Strategies: Discuss The Past, Present, And Future
    • Establish a timeline reference:
    • Assess the situation over a period of time, consider:
    • Benchmarks
    • Milestones
    • Historical significance
  • Selecting A Strategy Summary
    • Express an Opinion
    • Address Cause and Effect
    • Break the Topic into Components
    • Discuss the Past, Present and Future
  • Whatever You Do, Don’t… Short list of things not to do
    • Apologize
    - It’s annoying
    • Ramble
    - Avoid verbatim repetition
    • Invent
    - Be sincere and honest
  • What We Learned Today
    Impromptu Speaking Tactics
    - Structuring a response
    Impromptu SpeakingStrategy
    - Thinking of what to say
    Whatever You Do, Don’t…
    - Short list of things not to do
  • Wrap-up
    • To think on your feet is a good habit to cultivate
    • It takes time and effort to establish these habits
    • Practice these basic concepts to accept the challenge of “Impromptu Speaking”
  • Good Luck on Table Topics!