Often as public speakers, we are called upon to present an impromptu speech.
Impromptu speaking is a speech that a person delivers without predetermination
or preparation. It is an “on the spot” performance. This type of speech always puts the speaker under unexpected pressure but having a plan ahead of time for impromptu speaking will leave you more confident and secure.
Here are ten tips for presenting an impromptu speech:
1. Have a structure – a template prepared.
Stick to 3 key points
2. Less is more. Keep it simple, short, and succinct.
3. Exude confidence. Say to yourself “I can do this.”
4. Always link your introduction to your conclusion with your key message.
5. Use storytelling techniques with truth, relevance, and impact.
6. Keep your tone conversational being natural and authentic.
7. Make good use of your voice dynamics using appropriate volume, pitch, rate,
melody and friendliness.
8. If giving a virtual speech make use of eye contact with gestures and a smile at
the beginning and conclusion of your speech.
9. Don’t forget to breath and make use of pauses for emphasis and impact.
10. The close is the most important part of the speech because it is the only part that is remembered. End with a fitting quote, a summary of your main point or a cliche’.
Enjoy the accolades as a successful impromptu speaker.
Bette Elly Klimitz