How to Give a Great Impromptu Speech

One Methods:Sample Impromptu Speeches

Oratorical contests and certain classes will often ask for impromptu speeches to be made. With this guide, even those with the most absolute stage-fright will succeed.


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    Get used to talking in front of other people. The truth is that even the most calm of speakers still shake when they get up there. Sitcom stars still get nervous on live episodes.
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    Remember your audience. Always make eye-contact with them. Not only will this help the audience not fall asleep, but it will also make you more confident. If your eyes fall upon that one teenage boy who's goofing off and totally not listening, ignore him. If you can't look at their eyes, look at their foreheads.
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    Try to get the audience involved. If you've ever had to listen to someone who mumbles through the whole thing, doesn't look up, and is just plain boring, you know how horrible that is. Try to get your audience pumped up!
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    Try to twist your topic. If you get a topic about something that you can't relate to, Try to morph it into something that's only vaguely related, but still related enough to make sense.
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    Incorporate humor. Have a humor quotient! Make people laugh and they will automatically get involved . If you're not sure about your joke or if it's racist or can hurt someone's sentiments then stay away from it .
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    If you're facing a more serious impromptu speech, you have to be confident about yourself. Chest out, back straight, eyes ahead. It will give you an air of significance and make you a little intimidating, as well.

Sample Impromptu Speeches

Sample Impromptu Speech About Yourself

Sample Impromptu Political Speech


  • Body language speaks volumes. Act as if you are oozing confidence!
  • Talk at a regular pace-don't rush, remember to breathe.
  • When preparing, write a couple of sentences on each point or brainstorm.
  • Relax when you are talking.
  • Be passionate about whatever your topic is. You have to embrace what you're talking about with arms wide open.
  • Try to read lots of books on a wide variety of topics, that way you'll have loads of examples to incorporate into speeches.
  • Impromptus do NOT need to be expositions!
  • Take advantage of an eager audience. Remember, once you have the audience, you have the judges/teachers.
  • Aim for 4 good points.
  • Aim for 1minute 10seconds.
  • A great way to practice impromptu speech giving is by toasting at parties.


  • Be careful to not say something offensive. Not only can it harm you standings in competition, it can also make you look like a bad person.
  • Make sure there's nothing about your appearance that could possibly embarrass you. Have a trusted friend (or better yet, a mirror) tell you if you have anything stuck in your braces/teeth. Make sure there's no toilet paper on your shoe, etc.
  • If you don't know what to say, make sure you don't use a canned speech. If you are being judged the judge won't like it.

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