- Think of your audience. If you have just 5 minutes to prepare, chances are you’re in the room with them already. Look around.
- Decide what you want to tell them.
- Add 3 stories relevant to your audience and to what you want to tell them. You’ll have about 90 seconds for each of them.
- For each story, add what it means to the audience in the context of what you want to tell them.
- Add a call to action to the end.
- Add an opening statement (yes, this does belong to the end).
- Time’s up. Go give the speech!
The quality of your speech will depend mainly on the following two factors:
a) The relevance of your stories and
b) How well you’ll be able to tell them
To improve a): Collect your stories. Keep adding to your storybook.
To improve b): Refine your stories. Keep telling them, improving them and telling them again.
There’s a lot of preparation behind impromptu speaking.
Start working on your stories now.