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Transcript of IMPROMPTU SPEECH
Pick a Topic
You have 20 seconds to pick a topic. Choose the topic that sticks out to you the most.
BRAINSTORM - DON'T FORGET TO PREP!
P: POINT -What is the main point that it is trying to get across?
First decide what you think this proverb means/what is your interpretation of this Ancient Chinese Proverb?
BRAINSTORM FOR THE BODY OF YOUR SPEECH
First - Think of 5 examples that portray your point.
BRAINSTORM FOR YOUR INTRODUCTION
What experience or story will capture the audience's attention AND help introduce your proverb/thesis?
1. If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk with others.
2. I hear... and I forget. I see... and I remember. I hear... and I do.
3. The swiftest horse can not overtake a word once spoken
4. An inch of gold can't buy an inch of time.
R: Reason "What's your reasoning?"
How are you going to explain your interpretation to the audience?
These can be movies, experiences, facts, news stories, historical events, books, hypothetical situations, etc.
Second - Choose the 3 examples that you think BEST explain or support your interpretation of the topic (your thesis)
Make sure you specifically state how each example you chose supports your interpretation of the proverb.
For example: If you chose "Love is a choice" and told a story about a couple who had an arranged marriage that were happily married 30 years later, specifically state that this proves that Love is a choice.
After telling the story, state your proverb AND your interpretation of it (YOUR THESIS)
Now that you've introduced the proverb and your interpretation of it, let's prove it!
DON'T FORGET TO RESTATE YOUR PROVERB, THESIS AND HOW YOU PROVED IT IS TRUE!
PICK A PROVERB
Proverbs 22:1 "A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold."
Proverbs 6:10-11 "A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest-and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man."
Proverbs 25:28 "Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lack self-control."
Speaking with little to no preparation
The effective impromptu speaker will:
1) Decide on a specific standpoint/opinion
2) Select appropriate supporting materials from memory
3) Organize this support in an easy-to-follow pattern
4) Deliver them confidently.
KEEP IT SIMPLE!
Follow this organizational pattern:
I. Establish a single point of view
II. Choose one or two clear examples or illustrations
III. Conclude with a short summary where you restate your opinion and reitterate how your examples proved that opinion.
DON'T FORGET TO PRACTICE!
You need to have a plan for what you are going to say and go over it, in its entirety, before you start speaking!
Don't admit you're unprepared. Don't make excuses or apologies for not knowing. Instead, take a deep breath and take control of the situation.
The worst mistake you can make is to panic! It will produce uneasy silence or rambling. Your audience knows you are speaking "off the cusp" they will adjust their expectations, but nobody does well with awkward silences or rambling.
E: EXAMPLES AND ILLUSTRATIONS
Give some examples that support your interpretation or reasoning. These can be historical events, movies and books, hypothetical situations, or current events and entertainment news.
P: PARAPHRASE "RUN THROUGH A BRIEF PARAPHRASE OF YOUR SPEECH"
Don't repeat everything in detail. Just remind your audience of the interpretation of your proverb and how your stories supported it.
DON'T START BY JUST READING YOUR PROVERB, INTRODUCE IT!!