5 Tips for Off-the-Cuff Speaking

by CosmicScale
Leadership
Published: 4 months ago
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Define a structure: by quickly drafting a structure on a notecard to support the main point — often an introduction, two or three supporting points, and a conclusion. With these on paper, it is easy to fill in the details with stories, examples, and statistics.

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Put the punchline first:  Any presentation should have a clear thesis stated up front so that listeners can easily follow and interpret the comments that follow. Giving a good business speech is not like telling a good joke. Don’t save the punchline for the end.

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Remember your audience: All it takes is a few lines to make an audience feel acknowledged and a speech feel fresh. Tie the city in which you are speaking into your introduction.

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Memorise what to say, not how to say it: Focus on memorising key stories and statistics, rather than practicing our delivery. If you spend your time on how to say something perfectly, you’ll stumble through those phrasings, and you’ll forget all the details that can make them come alive.

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Keep it short: While it seems like the challenge of speaking with limited preparation would be finding enough to say, the opposite is often true. When at a loss for words, many of us underestimate the time we need — cramming in so many stories and points that we run well over our time and dilute our message.

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