Advantages and disadvantages of impromptu speaking?


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One advantage of impromptu speaking is that it's totally spontaneous, so it never sounds overly rehearsed or canned. This type of impromptu speaking can sway the public, so it's great for sales pitches, impassioned speeches, and spur-of-the-moment debates. The best impromptu speakers will be naturally logical and able to express their thoughts easily. The main disadvantage of impromptu speaking is that the lack of prepared statements can leave the speaker feeling awkward, embarrassed, and even tongue-tied.

  • Shy speakers may feel awkward

For example, many people who are asked to stand up and say a few words end up stammering a few platitudes and then sitting down. Often, they may feel humiliated afterwards, as their impromptu speech was not as polished or engaging as they would have liked. How this type of speaking is received really depends on the person who is doing the speaking and what their basic personality is. Some people are able to wing it, and other, shyer types may crash and burn when they need to do impromptu speaking in a room full of people.

  • Speech may lack detail

With impromptu speech, details that back up statements with hard facts, figures, and references may be lacking. Speech may also be a little too emotional, because, at times, impromptu speech is triggered by intense emotional responses to the words and opinions of other people. For example, a heckler in a crowd who bellows out something derogatory while a person tries to speak, may be considered the rudest example of an impromptu speaker.

Learning more about impromptu speaking is possible through books, videos, and other resources that deal with the topic of public speaking. Of course, impromptu speaking may also be done in a one-on-one situation, where a person expresses spontaneous thoughts and emotions to a friend, colleague, family member, or stranger.

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