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How to Deliver an Extemporaneous Presentation or Speech

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Tips for how to deliver an extemporaneous presentation or speech. Great public speaking has that smooth conversational delivery style that we all admire. This video shows you how to do it. FREE 7 Instant Tips for Confident & Composed Public Speaking http://bit.ly/2M1NfVE-SpeakingTips It's called extemporaneous speaking or extemporaneous delivery, where (a) the speaker knows the material (b) speaks in a conversational style, (c) from limited notes (d) in a structured way. In other words, it's not memorized but you're not reading either. It may sound and look comfortable and easy when great speakers do it, but it takes work to get there. Follow this advice for that smooth conversational delivery: 1. Commit to a structure. The backbone provided by a clear structure will help you stay on track and give you the confidence to express yourself. It gives you a roadmap to follow but provides flexibility. When learning how to delvery an extemporaneous speech, you simply must follow a clear structure. 2. Practice 10x or more. That sounds like a lot and it is but with practice comes comfort. Most speakers I know who sound conversational, practice many times beforehand. Most speakers who sound stiff or look at their notes a lot don't practice this many times. 3. Limit your notes to key words only. Each 2 to 3 times you practice, pair down your notes so you are eventually speaking from an outline with just single words or brief phrases for point and sub-point. Even a single word or phrase on your notes should be enough to keep you talking for about 30 seconds or so. The fewer notes you use, the easier it will be to connect to your listeners comfortably. When done right, extemporaneous public speaking sounds like the presenter is "just talking" from the heart about the subject. It sounds personal in ways that you just won't get when using lots of notes or by memorizing very specific wording. 4. Use a variety of words to express yourself each time you practice. In other words, don't try to say it the same way each time you practice. That will lead to a memorized and stiff sounding presentation. Each time you practice, express your ideas in slightly different words and phrases. When it's time to present, you have that fresh conversational delivery you admire in high-level speakers. 5. Keep your practice realistic. You might consider practicing the last few times with the TV or music on. Practice in front of a roommate or even your dog! The more realistic your practice conditions, the more prepared and comfortable you will be. Extemporaneous public speaking or presenting is a skill that you can build on and will help you excel for years to come in virtually any context or industry. Alex Lyon's Book (Affiliate Link): Case Studies in Courageous Communication: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1433131234/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=alexlyon-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1433131234&linkId=6bfd9c333c786d16025c5a7c70a3ef4c My Current Camera Gear (Affiliate Links): Camera Rebel T5i https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BW6LWO4/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=alexlyon-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00BW6LWO4&linkId=504e12f13100f143d4df4e79731f206a Lens Canon 50mm: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X8MRBCW/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=alexlyon-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00X8MRBCW&linkId=b0bfb7ea7439df39e744bfd303c53fee Lavalier Microphone Rode Smartlav+: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EO4A7L0/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=alexlyon-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00EO4A7L0&linkId=c29c80d531374d347f8a78498b34d05d Audio Recorder: Tascam DR-05: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004OU2IQG/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=alexlyon-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B004OU2IQG&linkId=578b149b5807f2ec0f7f16c18e1c34f4
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Team Steven (23 days ago)
We have extemporaneous speech to Tomorrow for english
Shi Shi (9 days ago)
alex the lion
Noella Ann Abutin (9 days ago)
How could I practice if I were given a huge topic such as "social issue "?...any tips ? ... Thank you in advance your response is such a great help...
Noella Ann Abutin (4 days ago)
+Communication Coach Alex Lyon Thank you very much for your advice :)
I always try to narrow my topic as much as possible. A topic like "social issues" is simply to wide. If you were assigned that topic, I'd ask your teacher to help you narrow it down to maybe one specific social issue you can tackle. Even then, it might be too broad for a short speech. Good luck.
Cellione iz Great (9 days ago)
How will I to practice up to 10x when I am only given 2 mins. to prepare huhuhuhuhu
Ains Ley (11 days ago)
i have an extemporaneous speaking contest today and it's safe to say that i am nervous as hell
Hi, Ains. well, I hope it goes well. Let us know.
Grim Reaper (14 days ago)
omggg send help
Remwil Sevilleta (20 days ago)
Thanks for this because we have extemporaneous speech in stage
Team Steven (23 days ago)
Darleen Villanueva (27 days ago)
I am having an extemporaneous speech today and i am soooo nervoussss🙇
Matt Solania (28 days ago)
I will have an extemporaneous tomorrow and our teacher told us to don't bring some notes (any kind of cards). What should I do about this?
I'm not sure what to do. An extemporaneous speech usually means you can use some limited notes. I would ask your teacher for clarification. If you are truly allowed no notes, then I would have my topic sentence of each main point memorized but I would not attempt to memorize everything within each point word for word. As long as you have your basic outline memorized, you'll be able to rely on that if you get stuck. Good luck.
Taxurie Official (28 days ago)
We're passing our extemporaneous speech today and I haven't made one yet.
Damn sheet I will have a extempo speech on the next day. I hope I won't choke...memorize is more better.
Communication Coach Alex Lyon thanks
Good luck but I never advice memorizing. You'll come across much better if you practice from limited notes and really internalize the material but can still speak conversationally. Memorizing sound robotic. I hope it goes well.
Stef Bobier (1 month ago)
I'll be having an extemporaneous speaking on Monday, it's a competition my teachers signed me up when I'm not even good at it. I'm really nervous! This helps a lot thanks!
Anime Diplomat (1 month ago)
thank you so much for this, in my public speaking class, I have to do a speech like this, and this video really helped me prepare
Clint Rubia (1 month ago)
Courage and Peace (1 month ago)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZV11Osxs0nwAHmVYq2qswA my channel it has a playlist full of speeches that i practice you can check it out and comment for improvements
Aloida Hernandez (1 month ago)
I'm gonna give out an extemporaneous speech tomorrow
Great. Let us know how it goes.
JC Marasigan (1 month ago)
Im a bit nervous because i will have my first extemporaneous speech... But because of this video im ready. Thanks for the tips.
Jiminie Pabo (1 month ago)
How about an extemporaneous speech without notes?
If it were me, I'd at least have my notes close by so I could glance at them if needed. The risks of not having any prepared notes are high and the payoff is low.
Yas its me (2 months ago)
omg gonna do this by monday. fck performance task hahaha
MJ Castillo Vlogs (2 months ago)
Thank you and God Bless you too. :)
Junila Solijon (2 months ago)
I'm going to present an extemporaneous speech tomorrow. This video is very helpful Alex😊
Junila Solijon (2 months ago)
I made it Uncle Alex😍❤It was very successful. Thank you for the help😊
Hi, Junila. Good luck. I hope it goes well. Let us know how it turns out.
Lisa's kookies (2 months ago)
I have an extemporaneous speech tomorrow, wish me luck.
I hope it goes well, Lisa. Let us know how it goes.
Andrea Stypayhorlikson (2 months ago)
im going to have an extempo in the next 3 days and im so nervous 😭 i am the representative of our grade level and i fear that i might disapoint them 😭
You'll do great. Just prep, practice, and do your best. 95% of how it goes will be worked out when you practice.
Andrea Rapsing (2 months ago)
i have speech for tomorrow and as a super shy girl, i don't know how to stop my trembling legs and shaky voice tom! huhuhu but thanks for this
Hi Andrea. I hear you. The more you practice, the better you'll do (even if you feel nervous inside). I have a video on some tips for speaking anxiety. It's an older video but the tips are still solid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEStYVONy-0
Cutie cupcake (2 months ago)
I had an extemporaneous speech today and, i lost!!😭😭😭 So sad that i didn't watch this earlier
Cutie cupcake (2 months ago)
Thank you for your concern/advice!!😍😍
Sorry to hear that. On the bright side, public speaking is a great skill that you can use for the rest of your life. The more you do it, the better you'll get.
Janelle Lusanta (3 months ago)
I'm not good in public speaking 😔
Janelle Lusanta (2 months ago)
+Communication Coach Alex Lyon yaaaay thankyou 😊.
I hear you, Janelle. In my experience, everybody gets better at it with practice. It's a learnable skill just like most other things. So, keep at it and you'll improve.
Janelle Lusanta (3 months ago)
I have an extemporaneous this coming Thursday or Friday and I am so fucking nervous.
Basic Waffle (3 months ago)
Im a contestant for a Extemporaneous Speech at my school and this helped me so much! :3
Good to hear it, Basic Waffle. I hope you do well in the competition.
Marinelli Manelle (3 months ago)
currently watching this to try to be prepared for a competition next week
Yuvraj Kumar (3 months ago)
Every child is special
p q (3 months ago)
Oh, I have a whole long video about that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IbR8Y09dx4
hendery is an art (4 months ago)
i'll be having extemporaneous speech on monday and im so gonna wanna cry, im nervous
Hi, winwin. I hope it goes well. I did a video on anxiety that might help. Let me know how the presentation goes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEStYVONy-0&t=1s
Kyrsten Athan (5 months ago)
Thank you so much Mr. Lyon!!!
will endelman (6 months ago)
I start extemp for high school Nationals today, any last minute notes?
Show em what you got!!!
Russell Champagne (6 months ago)
I'm a Communications studies major at city College of San Francisco, and our teacher assigned this video to teach extemporaneous speaking. The info is great, but I noticed one small thing, you "pare down" notes, not "pair down".
You got it. Life is not a tight wire, not about perfection. Just progress. If I waited until I really had everything perfect, I'd have never posted a single video. Now I have over 100 videos on the channel and I'm having so much fun with it. I didn't even own a camera two years ago. I'm learning the video side of things as I go. Plus, it's hard to catch my own silly mistakes like typos. I see other people's typos but I have a hard time catching my own. I have heard a lot of people struggle with that. I just do my best, take the feedback, and try to improve the next time around. Side note, I've been to San Francisco about 12 times over the past 5 years to do workshops and consulting and you all have some of the best restaurants I've ever experienced. Some of those places are next-level delicious.
Russell Champagne (6 months ago)
Thanks, It's reassuring to know as a beginning communications student that even experienced speakers make mistakes, and the world doesn't end.
Hi, Russell. You are correct. It's correct on the subtitles but I can't go back and change the video itself anymore since it is posted.
Reality of life (6 months ago)
great work
Thank you!
Chris Slotten (8 months ago)
Masters always make it sound easy. I'm greatful that it is learnable. 3,600 words to end up with 600. Printed 4 times because of little changes. Practiced 30 times. Almost there. For me, mastering the process has been more important than making videos. It's like mastering the ground strokes in tennis before playing a game. Thank you coach.
Purpose Creates Impact (9 months ago)
Very true, I used to be horrible at these types of speeches. I practiced and won several speech competitions because of it.
JustDab it (9 months ago)
I am gonna die tomorrow i dont know i am only 13 .I'm too young to die
Nikola Lukić (11 months ago)
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Panos Zois (11 months ago)
My teacher complimented my speech and said it was extemporaneous. I had no idea what that meant until I saw this video. XD
Good job. I'm glad it went well. :-)
Skie 143 (1 year ago)
I have extemporaneous speech tomorrow and I know I'm not good at public speaking. Thank you for this video btw. :)
Good luck. I hope it goes well for you.
Noel Syguia (1 year ago)
10 times to practice huh? ..... I just saw this video and my extemporaneous speech contest in tomorrow. Help me :(
Yes, 10x practice. That's always what I recommend if you want that comfortable, smooth sound. I hope your presentation went well. :-)
Triumvirate 08 (1 year ago)
I'm watching this because tommorow I will have an extemporaneous speech. Im so nervous because I have a stage fright. What if because of so much nervousness I'll get mental-block? I hope it won't happen. 😯😔
Hi, Frando. Good luck on your presentation. Here's a video on dealing with nervousness. I hope it helps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEStYVONy-0
Cla Santiago (1 year ago)
my god..we have a competition about extempo today..and they choose me but im not yet ready
I hope it went well!!!
Thank u it's a big help
Awesome. I'm happy the video helped.
Sai Gc (1 year ago)
I'm going to have an extemporaneous speech today and I'm really fcking nervous 😭
Carlita Tiamzon (2 months ago)
Me to!
Gache Ru (2 months ago)
same and we don't even know what is all gonna be. 😭🙈
Norsaliha Binatara (3 months ago)
David Wright (1 year ago)
Sameeee 😭😭
Just do your best to have a conversational tone. Make really direct eye contact. Stay on track with your structure. You'll be great.
Edward Graham (1 year ago)
Very impressed with this material. It's evident that you live by your own book. Thank you for taking the time to make this video.
Thank you, Edward. I appreciate the support. That is very kind.
Jim Van Allan (1 year ago)
Public speaking teacher here...definitely sharing this video with my students...thank you
PRATEEK GUPTA (1 year ago)
Jim Van Allan hi friend
Hi, Jim. Pleased to meet you. I hope they like it. Thanks for the encouragement. :-)
Carl Kwan (1 year ago)
Such great information in this one, Alex!
Thank you, Carl. I appreciate the encouragement.
Question of the Day: What are your tips for that nice conversational delivery style?
imiKah K (18 days ago)
Make 'em laugh. and request a lectern to hold on to!
PRATEEK GUPTA (1 year ago)
Communication Skills Coach Alex Lyon good skill
KutterTheCuber PHD (1 year ago)
Your the best guy I ever listened to keep doing the good work
Thank you! Will do.

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