Tuesday, September 11, 2012

How to prepare an ad-lib speech


Ad-lib, or Ad libitum in full mean's literally "at one's pleasure" and when applied to speeches, can reduce even experienced practitioners to reluctant speakers. Yet a good speech delivered at very short notice will enhance your reputation enormously, so knowing how to deliver one is a great skill to have. Here are a few tips to help you cope with speaking at only five minutes warning. 

1) Find out exactly what is being asked of you. Is it a vote of thanks, a summary of the year, or a welcome to distinguished guests?

2) Write down the objective. (By now you should know to always carry a pen and notebook)


3) Excuse yourself and go somewhere quiet. It can even be a toilet cubicle. You need a few minutes of peace to gather your thoughts.

4) Write down your core message. That's your opening and closing statement. 


5) Decide on one story to tell which is relevant and which you know inside out. Write down a phrase to remind you of it.

6) When you speak, do not apologise. Just do your stuff. 


7) Keep it short. Five minutes is enough. Do not apologise for the length of your speech.

8) Smile and thank people the end. Do not apologise.

4 comments:

An said...

Being a public speaking trainer for 12 years now, I can surely that all these are the prerequisites of an ad-lib speech. Very precisely and well written.

Anurag Aggarwal said...

Being a public speaking trainer for 12 years now, I can surely that all these are the prerequisites of giving an ad-lib speech. Very well written.

Alan Stevens said...

Anurag, Many thanks for your comments and confirmation. Appreciated.

Abel Mukwevho said...

Been caught off guard quite a few times. As a professional speaker, this will come in handy.