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How To Improve Your Impromptu Speaking?

What is Impromptu Speaking?

We do impromptu speaking or simple conversation every day.

Research shows that individuals who can express themselves efficiently advance faster in their careers than those who have difficulty in speaking.  Toastmasters provides the tools you can use to improve your performance in a variety of situations.

A typical Toastmasters meeting includes a Table Topics Section. This is the time to practise impromptu speaking, thinking on your feet without preparation.

Check out the below videos created by Darren LaCroix that explain what impromptu speaking is. Darren is the 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking.

Impromptu speaking gives you the experience of thinking and being in the moment. What we’re doing is treating ourselves for when you’re in front of a boardroom, in front of your boss or customers, or even at regular company meetings. Or whatever is important to you to speak your mind at the moment.

How To Improve Your Impromptu Speaking?

The whole purpose of impromptu speaking is to be able to speak your voice in the moment; what do you really think.

Check out the below video that explains how you can improve impromptu speaking.

Practice is the key to helping you improve your communication and presentation skills. Join Toastmasters and find a club you like to practise your speeches in a friendly environment.


How to Write a Speech

Tips on How to Write a Speech for Your Presentation…

What To WriteWhen writing a speech, you should try to know the audience and then determine the overall goal of your presentation. Learn some useful writing tips from the following Youtube videos on writing techniques.

Remember when you write a speech, you have to first know who your audience is.  You want to make sure that you know what the goal of the presentation is too.

Try to provide great take-home value for your speech. Create a presentation that makes change for which it can help people to improve their lives, to improve their productivity, and to improve the overall outlook on how they face the challenge of every day.

Write the speech in three parts: the beginning, the middle, and the end. If it’s going to be about an hour speech, then write it into eight to ten-minute segments.  That’s about how long you can keep somebody locked in on one particular point or subject before having to transition into another point or angle.

How to write a speech outline?

Check out the below video by Darren LaCroix, the 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking.

As explained in the above video, a speech outline should include:
– Attention-getting opening to tie into the core and the reason for the presentation.
– Body
Point 1
Point 2
Point 3
Call for action
– A strong close can tie it back to the opening for greater impact

For what to write for your speeches, click here for more information.

Practice is the key to helping you improve in public speaking.
Do you lack a platform for practice? Simply join a toastmaster club.

You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.


Tips and Videos from World Champions of Public Speaking

Pubic Speaking Tips & Videos from World Champions

Are you afraid of speaking in front of public?

Here are the Five Public Speaking Tips from the 2014 World Champions of Public Speaking Dananjaya Hettiarachchi:

1.   Always start with a message when crafting your speech
“This message is whatever you want your audience to be thinking about when your presentation concludes…”

2. Be confident enough to be yourself
“You need to sell yourself before you sell your message,” Hettiarachi says… The only way to go in front of an audience and to present in a way that isn’t simply miming is to practice again and again, pretending (if need be) that you’re talking to a room full of your closest friends.”

3. See yourself through your audience’s eyes
“Novice speakers tend to become wrapped up in themselves, which may just be because they’re afraid to acknowledge a room full of listeners. But if you’re going to speak, you need to realize that you’re doing it for the benefit of others, not yourself…”

4. Have a forum to practice
“For Hettiarachchi, his Toastmasters group provided a place to grow as a speaker, but he says any kind of similar forum is suitable, because like any skill, you must practice public speaking to become and then stay great at it…”

5. Find the right coach or mentor
Hettiarachchi says, you should find someone willing to help you grow as a public speaker. Interestingly, this does not need to be someone who can teach you advanced speaking techniques; they just need to be someone who “gives you permission to explore possibilities, who gives you permission to fail,” he says…

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Dananjaya Hettiarachchi World Champion of Public Speaking 2014 Full Speech, “I See Something”

The below are some selected YouTube videos from other World Champions of Pubic Speaking.  Enjoy!  🙂

Presentation Skills Training from 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking Craig Valentine

Winning Toastmasters Motivational Speeches by 2001 World Champion Darren LaCroix at NSA

Jim Key World Champion of Public Speaking 2003 Full Speech, “Never Too Late”

Randy Harvey World Champion of Public Speaking 2004 Full Speech, “Lesson from Fat Dad

Lance Miller World Champion of Public Speaking 2005 Full Speech, “The Ultimate Question”

Practice is the key to helping you improve in public speaking. Join Toastmasters and find a club that you like.  You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.

World Champions of Public Speaking Winning Speeches Playlist