Mastering Impromptu Speaking

Leadership Communication

Many people find impromptu speaking, or more colloquially 'speaking on the fly', a scary prospect. This is because it represents the unknown - and people think that you can't prepare for the unknown.

But when you think about it, how many questions could you anticipate with a bit of forethought? Probably the majority of them.

If you accept that you CAN prepare for impromptu speaking, then you need to establish some clear objectives regarding what you want to achieve. Here are some examples which relate to the image you project:

Your Self

Consider what you want to be known for. What's your personal brand? Have you defined what you want it to be? If not, this is a useful exercise which will then inform your casual conversations with managers, colleagues and clients (as well as your formal business speaking).

Your Department

What is your department's reputation? Is it a place where people want to work? Does it attract applicants when a new position comes up? What are its strengths and weaknesses. Once you have answered a few questions like this, you can assess how you would like to influence its image - and this will then cascade into your impromptu speaking.

Your Company

You and your colleagues are ambassadors for your company. What do you currently project to your internal and external clients? What do you want to project?


Once some clear goals have been defined, you can consider what messages you want to convey whenever you have an appropriate opportunity to influence others.


Use simple frameworks to select and arrange content to prepare targeted messages for your specific audiences.

Back up your messages with evidence, examples, statistics for added vividness - and credibility.

Select words, imagery and stories to help you to connect with people viscerally.

Finally deliver your messages effectively.

Being able to manage impromptu speaking is a key leadership skill - and just as important as formal speaking and presenting.


To add this key ability to your own skill set, please call us to ask about our impromptu speaking coaching on:

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