I’ve already talked about this before but perhaps it’s good to reiterate this. The trick to impromptu speaking or extemporaneous speech is to learn to trust your brain. Trust your own mind that whatever answer pops in your head at that moment is the right one and you just have to deliver it. Sounds simple? Below are five steps you do to really go through that process of answering off the cuff and make it seem so simple:
Tip one – become aware that you are blocking yourself
Just accept the fact that you are blocking yourself. Your internal critic jumps in and shoots down. It’s a natural instinct. You’re only human. The moment you accept this mentally, then you’ve already won half the battle when it comes to impromptu speaking.
Tip two – practice “accepting” your own ideas
So you know your head comes up with ideas when asked on the spot. You now know that you are blocking yourself automatically after being asked. Now, instead of thinking “Yes, but”, you think “Yes, and”. Choose to accept the ideas that pop in your head abd by doing so, your mind will then give you more good ideas to think. Don’t worry, it becomes easier as you practice this way of deliberate thinking more and more.
Tip three – learn about improvisation
There is probably a local improv group in your area. Find out about it and join them. This is a great way to practice extemporaneous speech delivery in a more academic setting.
Tip four – find a local Toastmasters club
Once you’ve joined a local improv group, it would then be more amazing if you can find a local toastmasters club where you can practice your skill some more. These toastmasters clubs have what they call “Table Topics” where you get to speak off the cuff.
Tip five – practice self compassion
Don’t be too hard on yourself. When you make mistakes, learn how to forgive, let go and move on.
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