Ok, so you’ve clocked in the prep time hours, you put the work to script your talk and practice aloud.
But now the question is how do I make this sound natural, off the cuff, spontaneous? … in other words not rehearsed.
What’s up Explearners! Today we’re talking about sounding natural and unscripted in your talk.
Let’s get into the strategies that’ll help you sound prepared, not rehearsed. This is how you can give an impromptu and extemporaneous speech.
Take your script and shred it up! (just kidding) but you do want to get it lean
- Take out the key words – limit this to no more that 5 words
- Ideally 1 word can serve as a memory jolt
- Remember it’s all up here, use a word, or an image to trigger your train of thought
- This will also prevent you from reading off your paper
Practice practice practice
We all know that practice makes perfect
But what practice really makes is comfortable and confident
Now that you have your key words in bullet or outline form, we’re talking business
Practice your talk with just the bullets
Embrace the spontaneity
The beauty? This outlining approach doesn’t tie you to the script
If something comes up organically you are free to address it
If a question arises in the audience, answer it
Every time you give the speech may be slightly different, but there is something special in that and the more spontaneous you sound the more receptive the audience will be
We are not robots, so don’t act like one!
You sound prepared, not rehearsed.
The next time you have a talk, try out these strategies to sound natural when giving a speech. Your conversational style will strengthen your message and your connection to the audience.
Happy Explearning 🐝