'Speaking off the cuff', 'thinking on your feet' or 'being put on the spot'. These are all phrases that refer to impromptu public speaking. No matter what you call it, impromptu public speaking terrifies many people. For some people the idea puts them off trying any form of public speaking and for others who are comfortable with formal presentations often they still find the impromptu element, the unplanned and unrehearsed, extremely daunting. In this article Sarah shares her three top tips for impromptu speaking.
Writing a speech can be a very daunting task. You feel overwhelmed with ideas, you don’t know where to start, how to end, what to talk about it, how to develop your ideas and the list goes on. The good news is writing a killer speech is really easy when you keep in mind the following six simple steps:
1. Be very clear about the topic of the speech
2. Answer the main question with two to five key points... Ideally three
3. Elaborate on these answers
4. Nail the introduction
5. Have a strong conclusion
6. Pay special attention to transitions
“Just be yourself” is perhaps the most common piece of advice given before interviews, dates and work presentations. But more often than not, we don’t even know what it means let alone be able to do it at times when we need it the most!
In this article I share a framework to better understand what it means to “be yourself” and how to be able to do it in every situation.