Improvisation and Public Speaking

Using improvisation when you are speaking to a big audience might sound scary but sometimes it is more effective than if you were to go up on stage and give a robotic speech. I found a great example of this on the Genard Method website.

Men’s Room

I once gave a speech on marketing to a group of contractors. They met in a divey bar. I noticed that the men’s room was decrepit—so I threw away my planned opening.

Instead, I started, “How many of the men here have used the bathroom tonight? And how many of you saw the marketing opportunity for contractors in there?” . . . After that, I could say anything I wanted; they paid attention!

Shel Horowitz
Author (with Jay Conrad Levinson) of Guerrilla Marketing Goes Green: Winning Strategies to Improve Your Profits and Your Planet

If you want to add some flair to your speech with a little improv or if you just want to practice some improv tips for the future, try these on for size:

– Improvisation doesn’t need to be big and flashy.

– Gauge the audience’s reaction to you speech and to see if you need to change it up a little.

– If you’re working or speaking with someone else, work with him or her and play off each other’s responses.

– You don’t have to be the loudest, you just have to give it your all. It’s a bit like karaoke. You might not be the best singer, but if you perform your best, you’ll come out on top.

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Thom McFadden, known as Hollywood’s “Coach to the Stars”, has been helping actors, writers, producers, directors and hundreds of other entertainment industry professionals to achieve new levels of success for over twenty years through his personal coaching and life-changing seminars and courses. Thom has been featured in 26 mainstream movies and over 100 television shows over his illustrious career.