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Quick, Make a Speech!

Being asked to give an impromptu speech will catch you off guard. Don’t panic—there are proven tactics to help you.

  1. You’re respected—that’s why you’ve been asked. Think, "I’m going to make this fun." Now you’re poised.
  2. Open with a question to "pull" in your audience. (e.g., "So, everybody here wants to hear about the Jones Project? Is that right?" But make sure it’s a question everyone will readily answer "yes" to.
  3. Personalize your talk with your experience using a story-like manner. Doing so will make it flow, capture your listeners, and reduce your nervousness. Being relaxed may result in natural humor, which, of course, is always a plus.

For more tips on producing a good speech and/or relaxation techniques, contact your EAP.

UR Medicine EAP is brought to you by Well-U, helping eligible individuals to assess issues, and provide short-term counseling and referrals.

Keith Stein | 5/16/2019

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