6 famous extemporaneous speeches by women from The Eloquent Woman Index

The Eloquent Woman

Most people have at least a little case of the nerves when it comes to public speaking, so it can seem doubly impressive to watch a person speaking without notes , off-the-cuff, extemporaneously. Do these famous speeches inspire you to be a little more extemporaneous in your next talk?

An extemporaneous marvel of a speech

The Eloquent Woman

I'd send you a prepared or as delivered remarks, if I could," Ashley Merryman writes us about her Oct. She knows her topic, sure, but it takes preparation to explain it with this level of clarity. Tags: top women speakers series extemporaneous speaking

Vocal Impact Weekly Tip: What you have in common with Tina Fey

Kate's Voice

What is the secret to great extemporaneous speaking? Three of these are: Say Yes Don’t prepare Just show up At first glance these titles may seem to reinforce that you don’t need to practice to be a good improviser, but, […]. Public Speaking exercises extemporaneous speaking practice practicing public speaking tips Tina Fey People who are good at improvisational comedy have learned to adhere to 9 basic maxims.

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Presentation Preparation

PPT - Powerful Presentation Techniques

ComputerWorld Editor Maryfran Johnson has an interesting article about the importance of preparation when developing a presentation. Other speakers she found liked developing and practicing their big themes then going for a more extemporaneous approach to their presentations. Regardless of approach the key was to take the time to be prepared. . Tags: PowerPoint Guidelines Presentation Techniques Presentations Public Speaking presentation preparation tips

A checklist to prepare the whole speaker, annotated for introverts

The Eloquent Woman

My checklist to prepare the whole speaker is one of this blog's most popular posts of all time. The principle behind it remains the same: To succeed as a speaker, you need to prepare the whole speaker for your presentation, not just one or two parts of yourself. Do I feel prepared?

From the vault: Do you over-prepare for presentations?

The Eloquent Woman

While I'm all about preparation as the key to giving an eloquent speech or presentation, when preparation adds to the pressure you feel, it's time to revise your pre-speaking plans. Leave us a comment to explain why you over-prepare, if you do, and what you've done to overcome it.

4 Methods to Deliver a Great Speech

DeFinis Communications

An impromptu speech is delivered without any preparation at all. Extemporaneous. While many people think extemporaneous and impromptu are the same since they are both speeches that are not read or memorized, there is one key difference. The impromptu speech is completely off the cuff; the extemporaneous speech is thoughtfully prepared, planned and practiced. . The key here is to take the time to fully prepare.

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The speech question: Use notes--or not?

The Eloquent Woman

Every speaker has a choice when it comes to her words, and I've been wondering about whether speakers prefer speech texts, extemporaneous speaking or something in between. Here's what you said: Angelina Seraphina Belmonte said her preference is to "Speak extemporaneously."

2010 63

What not to mention: Why airing the speaker's laundry doesn't help

The Eloquent Woman

Here's one of my pet peeves, speaking as an audience member: Speakers who tell me too much information about their disappointments in the event or their preparation for today's talk. inspiration for women speakers accidents and mishaps extemporaneous speaking

2011 74

The Instant Speech

Communication Steroids

You know, the kind where you have just a few minutes to prepare? But in most cases, you should be able to come up with a coherent speech, one that not only sounds great (and prepared) but impresses.

2010 56

Vital Speeches weighs in: "notes or not?"

The Eloquent Woman

I've asked some speechwriters I admire to share their perspective on whether speakers should choose a written speech, notes or extemporaneous speaking , a discussion we started on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook. Here's his take: I think you prepare—for clients or for yourself—that which works best for him or her. Tags: speechwriter secrets speaker preparation extemporaneous speaking

Get 'Good On Your Feet' as a speaker in our March 2-3 workshop

The Eloquent Woman

It's a small-group, two-day intensive training that will show you how to get ready, relaxed and resilient in dealing with all kinds of speaker situations--while looking and feeling more prepared and confident. workshops extemporaneous speaking

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Another tip for reading from a script

Speak Schmeak

Then they proceed to rehearse and memorize until those lines sound extemporaneous and unscripted. Just because people can't see you doesn't mean you get to slide on preparation. Speakers Preparation Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Voice

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Another tip for reading from a script

Speak Schmeak

Then they proceed to rehearse and memorize until those lines sound extemporaneous and unscripted. Just because people can't see you doesn't mean you get to slide on preparation. Speakers Preparation Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Voice

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Toasts for the Season

Professionally Speaking...

Very, very few people are naturally good extemporaneous speakers. As Mark Twain said, "It usually takes three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.". Even if you''re not explicitly tasked with holiday remarks, prepare some anyway.

2013 152

How do you take notes for speeches you're writing? New tools I like

The Eloquent Woman

On a recent plane ride, I sat next to a woman preparing a sermon, dog-earing book pages and writing in the margins. Thinking out loud or practicing lines extemporaneously? Tags: speaker preparation speaker tools online resources we like speech preparation

2010 65

The all-in-one on ums

The Eloquent Woman

Is it totally that I am not prepared? It's a handy list to use for Q&A and extemporaneous remarks, too. Tags: accidents and mishaps speaker preparation speech disfluency

2010 84

15 Minutes - Including Q & A - A Book Review

Dahle Communication

He breaks down exactly how to put together a 7 minute presentation and how to prepare for the Q & A at the end. I'm almost wondering if Joey did Extemporaneous speaking as a high school student because his method is exactly what I have taught my students for the past 10 years: 1.

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9 ideas to mix up your speaking in 2018

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor' s note: Reader and client Cate Huston -- an engineer, frequent speaker, and enthusiastic booster of getting more women in tech to speak-- offered this guest post sharing ways to switch it up when preparing talks as inspiration for you early in the new year. Preparation style.

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My favorite fixes for public speaking: Write and learn a script

The Eloquent Woman

I can hear you saying now, "But I don't want to sound scripted," or, "I'm only at my best when I can speak extemporaneously." As a speaker coach, it's my job to keep a lot of tools in my toolbox to help my clients improve their public speaking.

2016 65

7 secret advantages of the speaker who practices

The Eloquent Woman

Whether you do it solo or with a team, practice will help you: Look like you didn't need practice: Call it the Great Irony of Public Speaking: The speaker who practices winds up looking relaxed, unruffled, at ease and extemporaneous.

your questions on flat, shaky speech starts

The Eloquent Woman

I always think it's important to plan your opening thoroughly--scripting it, even if the rest of your talk is extemporaneous, just to be sure you take advantage of the heightened attention you'll receive.

2009 52

Do you overprepare for speeches?

The Eloquent Woman

While I'm all about preparation as the key to giving an eloquent speech, when preparation adds to the pressure you feel, it's time to revise your pre-speaking plans. Try this trick: Deliver your next speech without the extra preparation, and see whether anyone notices, besides yourself.

2008 56

speaker/audience senior moments?

The Eloquent Woman

When I train speakers -- especially when they're learning extemporaneous speaking -- I emphasize that the core message of any speech or presentation needs to be memorable for both the speaker and the audience.

2008 52

Why are speeches important?

The Eloquent Woman

Speeches abound that don't deserve the title, muttered and mumbled and delivered off-hand or ill-prepared as they often are. This time, I'm not talking about presentations or extemporaneous remarks, but formal speeches of all kinds.

2011 79

Famous Speech Friday: Christine Lagarde on "dynamic resilience"

The Eloquent Woman

In her introduction, she deviates from her prepared text to say, "I would like to give this moment to Malala, the daughter of Pakistan, and her sister, the daughter of India," the latter a reference to the anonymous girl who was brutally gang-raped, prompting headlines around the world.

2013 96

Your top priorities: "I need to enunciate"

The Eloquent Woman

Here are some tips to get you moving toward better enunciation, clarity and pacing: Practice with a text: While my goal as a coach is to get you off the page and into the extemporaneous as a speaker, this is one area where practicing from a written text can help you improve.

2009 52

Famous Speech Friday: Viola Davis: "Everything should be spoken"

The Eloquent Woman

Look what you can do without a script: Davis has said she never prepares written remarks, claiming it would scare her more. So you''ll hear ums and pauses aplenty, and yet she''s among the most eloquent extemporaneous speakers I''ve heard.

2015 105

Graceful ways with Q&A

The Eloquent Woman

As with any extemporaneous part of your presentation, however, some forethought and planning are vital to your success. Tags: women and public speaking speaker training audience issues speech preparation handling questions

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From the vault: 7 secret advantages of the speaker who practices

The Eloquent Woman

Whether you do it solo or with a team, practice will help you: Look like you didn''t need practice: Call it the Great Irony of Public Speaking: The speaker who practices winds up looking relaxed, unruffled, at ease and extemporaneous.

2013 97

Fix 3: Rehash & improve your speaking

The Eloquent Woman

Based on her post, her list of factors to improve might include: I have to read my speeches, which means I need a laptop to seem like I'm speaking extemporaneously--but I can't always have a laptop. Do you find yourself running into the same speaking problems again and again?

2009 52

Famous Speech Friday: Actress Viola Davis: "What keeps me in the business is hope"

The Eloquent Woman

A little while later, when she rose to accept her award, Davis delivered an extemporaneous speech of more than 10 minutes that brought the house to its feet--and continued to mince no words. I don't have a speech prepared, by the way," she warned the audience. "I

2012 102

Famous Speech Friday: Marilyn Mosby on Freddie Gray homicide

The Eloquent Woman

This last section let us see her speak extemporaneously as well. in all ebook formats, it's like having a coach with whom you can prepare and bring on stage with you At 35, she's the youngest chief prosecutor in a major American city, and just four months into her elected post.

2015 107

August's top 10 #publicspeaking tips and issues

The Eloquent Woman

How speakers should prepare gives you a head start on how to promote and otherwise make the most of your panels, keynotes and talks this fall. Kennedy to show you how to handle the unexpected duty of speaking extemporaneously when something terrible has just happened.

2011 83

August's top 10 public speaking tips and topics

The Eloquent Woman

Introvert alert: I renovated my checklist to prepare the whole speaker, this time to share with introverted speakers what they need to do in addition to the usual prep. Want to sound at ease and extemporaneous?

8 secret advantages of the seasoned speaker

The Eloquent Woman

A+ in the Q&A: More seasoning usually makes for better answers during the extemporaneous portion of a presentation, both because the seasoned speaker is better prepared and less taken aback by questions, and because she knows their importance in persuading the audience.

2012 86

Famous Speech Friday: Kayla Kearney comes out to her high school assembly

The Eloquent Woman

Day, according to local coverage , and the theme had its roots in a King speech about "time to break the silence:" Carrillo students for years have prepared a special assembly honoring King's birthday, built around the theme of an annual countywide oratorical contest to be held at 5 p.m.

2011 90

Famous Speech Friday Redux: Jackie Kennedy's White House TV tour

The Eloquent Woman

Tours are a speaker''s test: Leading a tour may be one of the most challenging extemporaneous speaking opportunities you''ll ever have.

2013 103

The top 10 speaker tips and ideas from June

The Eloquent Woman

Check out these options to strengthen your preparations and speaking. Battledecks" is a new one that pits a speaker against random slides, against which you have to give an extemporaneous presentation. It's commencement season (which prompts a lot of outdoor speaking).

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Famous Speech Friday: SC Rep. @JennyHorne's Confederate flag speech

The Eloquent Woman

in all ebook formats, it's like having a coach with whom you can prepare and bring on stage with you

2015 100

Famous Speech Friday: Robert Kennedy on the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Eloquent Woman

Be willing to face the music: A dogged campaigner, Kennedy could have gone ahead with his prepared stump speech, but he even tells the fans "Could you lower those signs, please?" If I''m going to blow up the rules for Famous Speech Friday, it will be for this speech.

2013 106

From the vault: A checklist for the whole speaker, annotated for introverts

The Eloquent Woman

My checklist to prepare the whole speaker is one of this blog's most popular posts of all time. The principle behind it remains the same: To succeed as a speaker, you need to prepare the whole speaker for your presentation, not just one or two parts of yourself. Do I feel prepared?

2012 85

Palin's hand-written notes: For speakers

The Eloquent Woman

In high school, I competed in extemporaneous speaking, an event in which you had to analyze a current-affairs topic for eight minutes without much preparation.