Being asked to speak on a topic with little notice, many people will get butterflies and lose their train of thought. But there is help. The key is -- training and practice. If you or someone you know is having anxieties about impromptu speaking, I recommend Toastmasters International. Toastmasters is a communication and leadership organization dedicated to helping people to become better speakers and leaders.
Here some techniques listed by a local Toastmasters group to help you improve your impromptu speaking ability:
1. Define the purpose and objectives of your speech.
- Stop, stay calm and cool in order to formulate your talk.
- Get your goal clearly in focus by defining your purpose or viewpoint.
- Decide your starting and finishing points.
- State the reason why you are speaking on the subject.
- Open strongly using
- "I believe that ....... the reason being....."- "My experience shows ...... because ........."
Remember if you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there!
2. Choose a Specific Illustration, Experience or Example.