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Types of Speeches: The Impromptu Speech

If you decide to become a professional speaker or use speaking as an integral part of your marketing strategy, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various types of speeches you might be asked to give. In this series of posts, I’ll give you the basics on a variety of types of presentations you can prepare. At the end of this post, I’ve listed previous articles in this series.


What is an impromptu speech?
An impromptu speech is given with little or no preparation. You might not be aware of it, but you are giving mini impromptu speeches every day! Every time someone asks you a question you weren’t expecting, your answer is an off-the-cuff speech.

Typical situations in which you’ll find yourself giving an impromptu speech include:

  • Job interviews
  • Q&A sessions
  • Meeting someone new
  • Networking opportunities
  • First dates

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