Public Speaking Techniques-Impromptu Tips

Topic
When you get the topic, don’t panic. Relax and start to think till you get an original slant. Make sure you have read the papers so you can refer to topical issues.
Structure
Think of how you want to structure it: story, triangle, PPF or spokes wheel.
Ending
Think about your ending; it’s almost as important as the start.
Make Up Story
If you don’t know where to take the topic, make up or think of a story.
Lists
Avoid lists; you are bound to run out of puff.
Before You Start
Take a breath before you start and say something original: question, shock point or quote, if you can think of one.
Eye Contact
Look the audience in the eye and keep talking.
Pauses
Use pauses to gain time and ideas.
Practice
Practice impromptus often.
Focus
Focus only on what you are communicating so you don’t waste energy on the voice in your head.
Audience
Involve your audience as much as possible.
Statistic
Learn some interesting statistic so you can use them, if relevant.
Ask Questions
When you have run out of ideas, ask questions of your audience; it’s sure to give you an idea to continue.
Sum Up
Sum up what you have said. This will give your talk structure and look like it’s planned.
Call To Action
Make the ending strong by a call to action or a positive strong statement in the present tense.
Thank you
Don’t say “Thank you” at the end. Or “That’s it!”
Smile
Joke
Make a joke if it fits in.
Quote
Quote your parents or a teacher for some wise words!
Finish
Don’t rush off the platform. Finish clearly and nod. Then walk off confidently.

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