Lou Hampton's Suggestion for Impromptu SpeakingIf, with little advance notice, you're asked to speak before a group, what to do?
Lou Hampton, a Washington DC-based speech coach and media trainer, offers a four-step method to organize an impromptu presentation.
Hampton's method (here slightly edited) is easy to remember and straightforward to execute:
- Think of three questions you are frequently asked about the topic. (Or think of three issues you can talk about, and turn them into questions.)
- Open with, "Here are the three questions I'm being asked about [topic]."
- Ask yourself the first question and then answer it. Repeat for questions 2 and 3.
- Conclude with a call for action ("So what I need from you is..."), or a forward-looking statement (e.g., "So here is what we will be focusing on in the next quarter.")