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.
- You’re respected—that’s why you’ve been asked. Think, "I’m going to make this fun." Now you’re poised.
- 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.
- 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.
Keith Stein |