How to Write an Impromptu Speech

Writing an impromptu speech isn’t a non sequitur, though it may seem contradictory.

Impromptu Speech

Improptu Speech

While you don’t have time to write down your thoughts if you’re called on to say something extemporaneously, you do want to make a positive impression.

The secret is to prepare in advance so you’re ready with your “impromptu” remarks.

Tell Me About Yourself

“Tell me about yourself” is one of the questions that people fear the most. It’s usually the first “surprise” question you’ll get in a job interview, or when meeting a prospective client in a new business pitch…or even in a media interview. Don’t start sweating. Instead, take a breath and then respond with the key points you had prepared in advance because you expected that opener. …Read more…

Communicating With People Who Speak a Different Language

There are certain words we can’t pronounce – even in our own language.  Who hasn’t at one time or another stumbled over “synthesize” or “irrevocably?”

So when you’re delivering a presentation or preparing for a media interview, be sure to practice out loud and replace those tongue twisters to improve your communication skills. You have many words to choose from with the same meaning.

A Different Story

Foreign language speakers

More than a mangled language?

But it’s a different story when you’re communicating with an individual or an audience comprised of people who speak a different language. Words have different meanings. And the gestures that you feel are perfectly acceptable may be considered offensive.

What works in one culture doesn’t work in another. America is a nation of immigrants so we are accustomed to hearing many languages and accents. We’re often in awe of visitors who can speak not one, but two or three languages. …Read more…

Body Language Speaks Louder Than Words

We’ve talked about how important it is to use power words in a presentation or media interview in previous blogs. But your non-verbal language is much louder than words and speaks volumes about what you’re really thinking and feeling.

Body Language

Body Language

Most speakers don’t realize how transparent they are. Your body speaks for you, too – your gestures, your eyes, and the way you move. Your body language needs to be in sync with what you’re saying.
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Don’t Let a Bully Ruin Your Presentation

If you make a lot of presentations, you’re lucky if you haven’t already encountered a bully in the audience. That’s the know-it-all who interrupts your presentation whenever s/he feels like it or challenges your authority in the Q&A.

It might happen to you one day, and you’ll need to take off your “white gloves” and be prepared to regain control – in a nice way, of course. You don’t want to make your audience even more uncomfortable by getting into a shouting match with the bully.

Defining a Bully

A bully is someone who is grandstanding to show that s/he knows more than you do. Don’t let a bully unnerve you and remember the organization invited you to speak and people came to hear what you have to say

A bully can suck the air out of the room and create a lot of unnecessary tension. It’s up to the speaker …Read more…