Impromptu Speaking

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Impromptu Speaking

  1. 1. Leadership Communication IMPROMPTU SPEAKING
  2. 2. Objectives Participants will be able to: <ul><li>Respond to questions at a moment’s notice </li></ul><ul><li>Think quickly on their feet </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver in a structured manner </li></ul><ul><li>Finish with impact </li></ul>
  3. 3. Techniques to master <ul><li>Listen carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Think before speaking </li></ul><ul><li>Confirm or Clarify </li></ul><ul><li>Tell your story </li></ul><ul><li>End with impact </li></ul>
  4. 4. Listening actively <ul><li>Builds respect – build rapport and willingness to listen to you. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides information for your response - incorporate parts of other’s speeches if appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Improves on target responses – allows clarification & understanding </li></ul>
  5. 5. The pause that refreshes <ul><li>Allow time to formulate your thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used to add drama </li></ul><ul><li>Allows elimination of verbal props – “well” “ah” “um” and “y’know” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Measure twice – Cut once <ul><li>Allows more time to think </li></ul><ul><li>Clarifies what is being sought </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used to rephrase the question </li></ul>
  7. 7. Tell your story <ul><li>Stay focused </li></ul><ul><li>Stick to key points – 1 or 2 at a time </li></ul><ul><li>If you disagree – compliment then tactfully amend or correct </li></ul><ul><li>Involve others </li></ul>
  8. 8. End with impact <ul><li>Save some for later </li></ul><ul><li>Restate / emphasize main points </li></ul><ul><li>Transition with grace </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sources of data <ul><li>The three R’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Radio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Adding structure <ul><li>Express an opinion </li></ul><ul><li>Address cause and effect </li></ul><ul><li>Break the topic into components </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the past, present and future </li></ul>
  11. 11. Express an opinion <ul><li>State your opinion </li></ul><ul><li>Justify / support your point </li></ul><ul><li>Gives reasons why you agree and/or disagree </li></ul>
  12. 12. Address cause and effect <ul><li>State the situation </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss causes </li></ul><ul><li>Give consequences </li></ul>
  13. 13. Break up into components <ul><li>Legal angle </li></ul><ul><li>Social consequences </li></ul><ul><li>Educational requirements </li></ul>
  14. 14. The past, present and future <ul><li>What existed </li></ul><ul><li>What is being experienced </li></ul><ul><li>What would we like </li></ul>
  15. 15. Do’s <ul><li>Do show confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Do make eye contact with the audience </li></ul><ul><li>Do use vocal variation </li></ul>
  16. 16. Don’ts <ul><li>Don’t apologize </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t ramble </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t invent </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t speak quickly </li></ul>
  17. 17. Practice <ul><li>Practice – at home </li></ul><ul><li>Practice - at work </li></ul><ul><li>Practice - Toastmasters </li></ul>

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