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Impromptu Speaking

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Impromptu Speaking

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

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