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Ways to respond when you have no time to prepare for a 1-2 minute speech.

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=Info Impromptu Speech Tips

  1. 1. Impromptu Speeches ~ All good speeches, even short and scantily-prepared ones, derive power and effectiveness through some of the same techniques.
  2. 2.  *Remember* <ul><li>It’s always fine to tell ‘em what you’re going to tell ‘em, tell ‘em, and tell ‘em what you told ‘em. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Here are some ITEMS which can help you make good impromptu speeches: <ul><li>Quotes </li></ul><ul><li>Main Ideas/Points </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Statements </li></ul><ul><li>The “Magic Phrase” </li></ul><ul><li>Recap </li></ul>
  4. 4. Quotes: <ul><li>Ahead of time, MEMORIZE A FEW QUOTATIONS that you can use in almost any situation . </li></ul><ul><li>“ The early bird gets the worm.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Every dog has its day.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ What goes around, comes around. ” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Beginning your speech: use some Main Ideas/Points <ul><li>To start: Stand up slowly & scan the room </li></ul><ul><li>Think of 2-3 main ideas as you stand up </li></ul><ul><li>Take a breath before you begin speaking </li></ul>
  6. 6. Write down your Main Points : <ul><li>If you have the facilities, write your main ideas/points on the whiteboard to help you and your audience keep them in mind. </li></ul>
  7. 7. To Start, you can use a Personal Statement: <ul><li>Repeat the topic as a statement: e.g., “Paper Airplanes…” </li></ul><ul><li>Ask a question about the topic: “What do I think about paper airplanes?” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Other Personal Statements : <ul><li>You might… </li></ul><ul><li>Say that you are going to discuss the topic: “I’m going to tell you about paper airplanes…” </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver an all-purpose memorized quotation. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Try to use at least one personal COMMENT, example, or story: <ul><li>Using these elements gives you something to “latch onto.” </li></ul><ul><li>It also helps establish your personality, bonds you with your audience, and lends vitality to your comments. </li></ul>
  10. 10. WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS… <ul><li>If you reach a dead end, use the “Magic Phrase” : </li></ul><ul><li>“ For Example…” </li></ul>
  11. 11. Recap your 2-3 Main Points: <ul><li>Recap your 2-3 main points when you’ve finished with them: </li></ul><ul><li>E.g., “Paper airplanes are fun, easy to make, and educational.” </li></ul><ul><li>*Handy transition words to lead into this recap are “so…,” “therefore,” “as you can see,” etc. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Impromptu Speeches Soooooooo— Now you’ve learned some tips on giving a GREAT impromptu speech!

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