How to Deliver an Extemporaneous Presentation

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How to deliver an extemporaneous presentation. Great speakers present in that smooth conversational delivery style that we all admire. This video shows you how to do it.

It’s called extemporaneous speaking or extemporaneous delivery, where (a) the speaker knows the material (b) speaks in a conversational style, (c) from limited notes (d) in a structured way.

In other words, it’s not memorized but you’re not reading either. It may sound and look comfortable and easy when great speakers do it, but it takes work to get there.

Follow this advice for that smooth conversational delivery:

1. Commit to a structure. The backbone provided by a clear structure will help you stay on track and give you the confidence to express yourself. It gives you a roadmap to follow but provides flexibility. When learning how to delvery an extemporaneous speech, you simply must follow a clear structure.

2. Practice 10x or more. That sounds like a lot and it is but with practice comes comfort. Most speakers I know who sound conversational, practice many times beforehand. Most speakers who sound stiff or look at their notes a lot don’t practice this many times.

3. Limit your notes to key words only. Each 2 to 3 times you practice, pair down your notes so you are eventually speaking from an outline with just single words or brief phrases for point and sub-point. Even a single word or phrase on your notes should be enough to keep you talking for about 30 seconds or so.

The fewer notes you use, the easier it will be to connect to your listeners comfortably. When done right, extemporaneous public speaking sounds like the presenter is “just talking” from the heart about the subject. It sounds personal in ways that you just won’t get when using lots of notes or by memorizing very specific wording.

4. Use a variety of words to express yourself each time you practice. In other words, don’t try to say it the same way each time you practice. That will lead to a memorized and stiff sounding presentation. Each time you practice, express your ideas in slightly different words and phrases. When it’s time to present, you have that fresh conversational delivery you admire in high-level speakers.

5. Keep your practice realistic. You might consider practicing the last few times with the TV or music on. Practice in front of a roommate or even your dog! The more realistic your practice conditions, the more prepared and comfortable you will be.

Extemporaneous public speaking or presenting is a skill that you can build on and will help you excel for years to come in virtually any context or industry.

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