"Preparing for an impromptu speech or an unprepared speech

Most people have the following reactions when they have to give an unprepared speech- there’s fear, nervousness and anxiety, and sometimes with a mixture of excitement.

There's different types of unprepared speeches; sometimes it can be a kind of ‘prepared for’ version of an unprepared/impromptu speech, wherein the speaker learns before hand that they will be required to do one. This type is often done in school competitions. They are prepared for because the speaker knows in advance that they are going to do it, but the topic will usually be a surprise.

But sometimes you are just put on the spot – your name is called out at a function and you are requested to say a few words.

How to handle unprepared/impromptu speeches

Unprepared speeches

The best way to prepare for an impromptu speech is to analyze the nature of the function you are attending and examine any possibilities of someone asking you to do something or say something. Always be prepared. If it is a close friend, relative’s or a work function, be prepared for any “Mr./Ms. X, would you please say a few words”.

1. Ask yourself: “if this situation does occur, how would I like to handle it?” That way you are exchanging worry for advanced planning, thinking and courage.

2. The best way to be ready for impromptu speeches or any public speech for that matter- is to invest in a good public speaking book or audio. They are a very good investment since most of us will be called out to speak unprepared at some stage in our lives.

3. Have a few opening lines, quotes or humor, up your sleeves, just in case. Better still, have a funny phrase about being put on the spot.

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