Impromptu Speech Topics Tutorial

Impromptu speech topics guide including a basic outline to organize your thoughts spontaneous, unrehearsed, clearly and briefly for any impromptu speaking training.

The speaker depends on his or her ready knowledge about a subject and does not prepare a formal address ahead of time. There are three types of offhand and spontaneous speeches in this area: school assignments, forensic competitive events, and unexpected occasional expressions.

To help you preparing for both occasions I have developed a step-by-step method for quickly finding and outlining impromptu speech topics. To make it easier, choose something nice:

* That will demonstrate your expertise.
* That is related to the purpose of the meeting.
* You feel most confident about.
* You like to talk about.
* You can speak off the cuff within one tot five minutes.

At the end of this page, you will see a blueprint. Use this form for developing a good training or lesson subject.

Impromptu Speech Topics For A School Or College Assignment

Study the rules of the assignment. Do what you teacher asks you to do.

Study closely the so-called task words; words or phrases that point out what is expectd from you - like analyse, compare, outline, critize, and so on.
See more on that subject in my special Extra Large Extemp Section (left navigation bar) with over 200 ideas!

Usually colleges have a special preparation room where you can find a list of ad libitum tabs, often for each speaker one. These rhetorical lines are almost always questions about national political, economic, and social issues. Write down what first comes up in your mind:

* A rhetorical question
* A value
* A quotation
* A practical example
* A solution for a problem
* A challenge for your class mates

That first idea leads you to a specific extemporized statement - your thesis - to the point you want to make.

Let's say, the resolution of your choice is Scuba Diving. You dive in your spare time and you want to state that divers have the duty to help to protect the underwater life.

Then, your specific statement or thesis could be: How Can Scuba Divers Help To Protect The Underwater Life?

The Points And Supports For Your Impromptu Speech Topics

Provide two or three points that support your statement or thesis. Think about reasons, facts, ways how-to-do-it, statistics, personal experiences or solutions.

In case of the example statement above you can mention a few how-to-do-its (these are your points) - to support your answer to the question.

E.g. point 1: Scuba divers can report changes in reefs to marine biologists
E.g. point 2: they can teach each other to report pollution
E.g. point 3: they can volunteer in programs for testing the quality of the water

Now you have to develop support for the three points. Those supports have to prove your points. If you can within the time limit, write down a couple of supports for each point. Two is okay. Three is best.

Bottom line: The supports have to prove the points, and the points have to prove the statement of your speech ideas.

* The point of questions about policy can be a problem and a solution.
* Prove the problem by listing its causes and effects.
* And prove that the solutions you suggest are the best by offering a set of
   reasons and / or effects.

For An Unexpected Occasion

Sometimes, when you least expect it, you might be asked to come forward at a meeting to speak off the cuff. Then you have to come up quickly with a few good impromptu speech topics.

If there is any possibility you could be invited to speak briefly at a meeting, you should prepare a few comments about the keynote of the event.

These questions will help you to approach possible issues quickly in advance:

* What's the purpose of the meeting?
* What exactly is going to happen?
* What do I think of it?
* What is my opinion? Do I like it or not?
* What are the latest news, trends, problems, policy issues

And there you are: the answers on those questions, are a few easy ingredients for an unrehearsed two or three minute oral.

A Basic Outline Template

Print the form below and carry it with you. The next time you are asking yourself: What are good impromptu speech topics for my verbal job task? I will help you with a basic outline structure:

My Title: ____________

Specific Purpose Statement:
Tease / Preview Your Points:

Point 1:
Support 1:
Support 2:
Support 3:
Short Summary of point 1:

Point 2:
Support 1:
Support 2:
Support 3:
Short Summary of point 2:

Point 3:
Support 1:
Support 2:
Support 3:
Short Summary of point 3:

Summarize why your answer is the best: ____________

My Additional Clues

1. Go through the intro, the main points and the conclusion on the note cards. Think about what you are saying, make corrections.

2. If necessary, tweak a little bit with your thesis, points and supports. They have to fit. If there is enough time, rehearse your impromptu speech topics in front of a family member or a friend: