Impromptu Speaking

The ability to “think on your feet” is an important skill. The goal is to foster creative thinking and to represent thoughts in a clear way with little preparation
  • Listen carefully to what is said beforehand. You may be able to incorporate some of what you hear into your replyPause to collect thoughts.
  • Look before you leap and pause before you speak.
  • Decide on a definite point of view on the subject, then state it. Express your thoughts, ideas or opinions.
  • Be enthusiastic and make eye contact. End by emphasising your main point. Stop, smile and sit.
  • Always be inquisitive and read widely – books, papers, periodicals, trade magazines etc. They will provide you with a wealth of material.

Seven Suggested Strategies

  1. Express an opinion. “I think….”
  2.  Break into parts. “Three areas of concern are….”
  3.  Address cause and effect. “If…. then….”
  4.  Assess a situation over a span of time – past, present and future.
  5.  Define a problem, suggest solutions and choose your preferred one.
  6.  Describe the image that comes to your mind and relate it to the question.
  7.   Use “who”, “what”, “where”, “when” and “how” to explore a problem.
“It usually takes me three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.”          Mark Twain
This article was kindly provided by David Clarkson DTM from Dynamic Communication