4 Extemporaneous Delivery Style Golden Rules

Your extemporaneous delivery style determines the impact and effect of your extemp speaking speech topics here are four Golden Delivery Stuff Rules. Remember: the goal is communicating your speech topic idea to your audience, not putting on a show.

Don't get distracted by trivial things and miss the chance to deliver the essence of your message. While there's always room for a more professional delivery, remember that whatever gets the idea across to you audience is a good thing while whatever keeps them from seeing your message is a bad thing.

There are four rules to pay attention to. Check them before you go on stage:

Make Contact - Making contact with the audience - usually by eye contact - is done in the same way that you would if you were having a conversation. That will let them listen properly.

Make contact with each audience member for a few seconds at a time. It may be easier to start with people you know, and avoid starting people in the face.

Scan the audience briefly instead. Just don't look over their heads or at your feet!

The more familiar you are, the easier contact will be!

my profuse instructions for extemporaneous delivery styles chart

Sound Clear - My second tip is: be clear, loud, and articulate so your whole audience can hear. Speak at a good rate, pause appropriately, and use a natural public speaking voice with good variety of tone. But not theatrical.

Don't sound like you are reading from a book, rush your words, or be overly dramatic.

Pause before ideas you would like to emphasize, and pitch your voice so it can be heard at the back of the room, but do not shout. Make sure you don't talk down to the audience or pitch your speech topics above their heads.

This is a form of a clarity and clarifying extemporaneous delivery style, too.

Avoid Distractions - That means skipping any verbal or nonverbal behavior that's going to keep your audience from paying attention to your main point. So do not:

  • Tap your feet endlessly;

  • Twist your (long) hair in circles - a ponytail results in a representative looks;

  • Walk back and forth on the stage in a huge tempo or in front of class - shuffling a bit all the way down is okay, but keep it natural;

  • Chew gum or have something in your mouth a no-go of course - but there are many among us who chew or suck on a candy during a presentation ...;

  • Drum your fingers like you are tired and boring - it gives the listeners the idea that you do not want to be there at all, and that you are waisting your precious time.

    It could be explained as an insult to the group, and that is not what you are aiming for after hours of hard studying your subject ...;

  • Use stop words like um and er too often. One or two will be fine, but if you do it frequently, your audience will pay attention to that, not to you.

Make Them Believe - This extemporaneous delivery style rule one goes a long way. Communications authorities have written dozens of books on it. But I'll put it easy:

Make sure you establish your credibility on the subject right away, at the beginning of the lecture.

Even if you have to create a pretend confidence, have it from the moment you walk to the front of the room. Compose your notes carefully and make contact when you feel grounded and ready.

Don't tell your audience you are a poor speaker or apologize. You need to be perceived as an authority here: