I don't want any excuses or complaints here. The only way to determine your abilities and improve your ability to make good impromptu speeches is to practice. So that is exactly what we are going to do right now. I will not accept the excuse that you don't have time. It will only take five minutes, tops, so get ready to begin.
Try to quickly track down a tape recorder or video recorder to record your efforts with. Also get a stopwatch or at the very least, a watch with a second hand. The recording equipment is highly recommended but optional, the timing device is NOT optional. You really need this. When you gotten the above items, click one of the sample question groups below. Each group has three questions to chose from. You have one (1) minute to prepare your speech, and two (2) to two and a half (2.5) minutes to deliver your speech. When delivering your speech, I would highly recommend that you stand up and pretend there are judges in front of you. Make the conditions of your practice speeches as close to the conditions you expect to find when you give your speech 'for real'. Do not switch to a different group of questions if you don't like the questions in the first group that you chose. Being forced to take the questions you are given is a big part of the preparation.
I WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU WOULD E-MAIL YOUR SPEECH TOPIC CHOICES TO ME, SO I CAN TAKE A POLL ON THE MOST POPULAR QUESTIONS.
If you want to send text versions of your practice speeches to me to critique, feel free to do so. I cannot give you a full range of pointers without actually seeing and hearing you, but I can help you with style and content. (If you do send your speech to me, include everything that comes out of your mouth. Yes, that includes 'uh's', 'um's', and any similar such utterance.) Sending your brainstorm notes might help too.
WHEN YOU ARE READY TO BEGIN, CHOOSE ONE OF THE QUESTION GROUPS BELOW:
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