Five Cool Tips for Impromptu Speaking

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????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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5 Ways of Getting Better at Impromptu Speaking

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Impromptu speaking has a different set of skills as compared to the usual prepared speech public speakers and presenters do. Speaking on the spot, without any preparation and without knowing what to expect can be pretty scary. If some presenters who have prepared well still nervous in front of an audience, how much more for those who are asked to do an impromptu speech?

Well, don’t worry too much. There are things you can do to prepare yourself somehow. Below are five tips on how to do better at impromptu speaking:

  1. Become aware that you are blocking yourself  
    When people are asked to speak on the spot, they would normally turn on their internal critic which shuts any creative ideas down. Acknowledge that this is happening. becoming aware of it is the first step to unlocking your brain and making it flow with ideas eventually.
  2. Practice  “accepting” your own ideas
    Instead of thing “Yes, but…” every time a new idea pops in your head, think “Yes, and…” This way, you put trust into your own ideas and from there, your inner creativity will shine.
  3. Learn about improvisation
    Join a class of find people who do improvs. You can also do research online. This way, your skills in extemporaneous speeches will improve.
  4. Find a local Toastmasters club
    Just like in joining improvs, joining  Toastmasters International for instance can help you practice your ability to speak on the spot.
  5. Practice self compassion
    It is normal to make mistakes as you learn better how to do impromptu speeches. Forgive yourself and move on. Keep improving and doing things that will make you a better extemporaneous speaker.

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