Join Tatiana Kolovou for an in-depth discussion in this video Speaking on no notice, part of Communication Tips.
- So, Tatiana, tell us about the Las Vegas conference you just attended. Gulp! I wasn't expecting that question to come my way at the staff meeting. I had to think fast. Our director was there, and the money the department spent on my ticket and registration needed a yield on good return in investment. Should I talk about the sessions, the networking, the vendors we connected with at the expo? The weather was good for walking around, and we attended some amazing shows. I really was not expecting to make a mini presentation.
But impromptu speaking is just that. A mini presentation. When you get caught off guard, asked to speak with only a moment's notice, or no notice at all, what you do is take a deep breath first. Next, answer in your own mind two key questions. What is the one thing I want my listeners to remember? And, why should they care? Answering these two questions will help you tailor your remarks to your unique audience and will help you stay focused and on track.
What one thing do I want them to remember about the conference? And, why should the director and the staff meeting attendees care? Was there a trend in the sessions? Is there a new trend in the industry that influences our operation? Was there a new session that I attended and determined to be a big game changer? Think of the one thing, and talk about the one thing only. Practice this skill when you leave a voicemail message, or when you have a chance to give a few remarks at a social gathering.
Practice with every opportunity you have and drill down to the one-themed message. Next, take a few minutes to think of what matters to your audience. Why should they care? What does the director value? How will your organization benefit from what you're saying? Asking these two questions would have eliminated the comments on the Vegas weather and the shows. Zooming in on return on investment for the director, or the one trend that I saw in the sessions would be the best way to deliver my impromptu message.
A one-themed message, tailoring to the audience will help you deliver effective messages every time. Practicing impromptu speaking takes time. Remember the two questions we discussed, and notice what a different direction your remarks will take if you answer them. Your comments will be focused, relevant and concise. Those are great attributes for a great impromptu speaker, or as I said before, a mini presenter. Good luck.
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