Impromptu Speech Techniques

It is always challenging to having unprepared speeches or answering unexpected questions. If you wish to develop yourself on the case, read on for my tips!

We often go off-grid from the subject or struggling to put our answers persuasively. As a result, we lost the audience and could not be able to make an impact.

There are three primary situations, and I would like to offer useful and practical methods to prepare ourselves for these situations.

During Interviews

You might receive questions such as;

· Why should we hire you over other credible candidates?

· Tell us a time where you use initiative in a difficult situation?

I would suggest using the STAR method while answering these types of questions. STAR format is a technique used by interviewers to gather all the relevant information about a specific capability that the job requires.

STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) method is straightforward; Listen to the question and think of an event then;

S - Situation: Set the scene and give the necessary details of your example. Describe the event or situation that you were in

T – Task (Objective): Describe what your responsibility was in that situation and explain the task you had to complete.

A – Action: Explain what steps you took to address it.

R – Result: Share what outcomes your actions achieved.

You can adapt this approach in different scenarios as follows;

During Business Meetings

When you attend a meeting, you might expect that there will be discussions for a decision, but sometimes your boss or business associate/partner could ask you direct questions unexpectedly. It might be a strategy to catch you off-guard and get your cards on the table or to test you how prepared you are.

These questions could be;

· Your boss turns to you in a meeting and asks for an update.

· You get called into a meeting to tell them the latest on an issue.

· You are asked an unexpected question while on a panel of speakers.

· You receive unexpected pushback on your ideas at a company meeting.

There are a couple of methods to use; I would suggest using the PREP method to answer any unexpected questions for professional and convincing replies.

1. PREP (Point, Reason, Example, Point)

PREP method a natural structure to use;

P – Point: State your point of view.