Impromptu speeches student directions and tips

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Impromptu speeches student directions and tips

  1. 1. Impromptu Speeches ~ All good speeches, even short and scantily-prepared ones, derive power and effectiveness through some of the same techniques. This material is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States LicenseThis material is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License. Contact: Phil Venditti (253.589.5595) / phil.venditti@cptc.edu
  2. 2. *Remember* •  It’s always fine to tell ‘em what you’re going to tell ‘em, tell ‘em, and tell ‘em what you told ‘em.
  3. 3. Here are some ITEMS which can help you make good impromptu speeches: 1.  Prepared Quotes 2.  Main Ideas/Points 3.  Strong First Words 4.  Stories 5.  The “Magic Phrase” 6.  Recap
  4. 4. 1. Quotes: • Ahead of time, MEMORIZE A FEW QUOTATIONS that you can use in almost any situation. • “The early bird gets the worm.” • “Every dog has its day.” • “What goes around, comes around.”
  5. 5. 2. CHOOSE some Main Ideas/ Points •  •  •  Think of 2-3 main ideas as you stand up Slowly scan the room Take a deep, relaxed breath before you begin speaking
  6. 6. 2. Write down your Main Points •  If you have the facilities, write your main ideas/points on the whiteboard to help you and your audience keep them in mind.
  7. 7. 3. Begin with a strong utterance—e.g., •  •  Repeat the topic as a statement: e.g., “Paper Airplanes…” Ask a question about the topic: “What do I think about paper airplanes?”
  8. 8. 3. Other possible first words •  •  Your intention for the speech: “I’m going to tell you about paper airplanes” One of your all-purpose memorized quotations
  9. 9. 4. Try to use at least one example or story •  •  Using these elements gives you something to “latch onto” It also helps establish your personality, bonds you with your audience, and lends vitality to your comments
  10. 10. 5. WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS… •  If you reach a dead end, use the “Magic Phrase”: “For example…”
  11. 11. 6. RECAP YOUR 2-3 MAIN POINTS: • Recap your 2-3 main points when you’ve finished with them: E.g., “Paper airplanes are fun, easy to make, and educational.” N.B.: Handy transitions to lead into the recap include “so…,” “to wrap it up, then,” “therefore,” “as you can see,” etc.
  12. 12. Impromptu Speeches So— Now you’ve learned some tips on giving a GREAT impromptu speech! This material is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States LicenseThis material is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License. Contact: Phil Venditti (253.589.5595) / phil.venditti@cptc.edu

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