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
- Express an opinion. “I think….”
- Break into parts. “Three areas of concern are….”
- Address cause and effect. “If…. then….”
- Assess a situation over a span of time – past, present and future.
- Define a problem, suggest solutions and choose your preferred one.
- Describe the image that comes to your mind and relate it to the question.
- 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