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Impromptu Speaking Class to Think Fast in Public Speaking, Conversations & Presentations

teacher avatar Arman Chowdhury, Confidence thru Communication

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What is Impromptu Speaking

    • 3. Why Learn Impromptu Speaking

    • 4. 3 Methods for Impromptu

    • 5. Basketball Method

    • 6. String & Pearls Method

    • 7. Pink Fish Method

    • 8. Recap

    • 9. Final Project

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About This Class

Do you currently struggle to think on your feet? You fear that you cannot think fast. A part of you feels that you always need to prepare, otherwise, your talk will fall flat. When you are called to speak without any form of preparation, anxiety hits.

This fear plagues you during public speaking, job interviews & routine conversations.

If you have this problem, then this Impromptu Speaking for Beginner's class is for you. Since this is a beginner's class, you do not need any prior experience with this subject.

In this class, you will learn:

-What is impromptu speaking?

-The value of learning impromptu speaking.

-3 methods on how to impromptu speak & think fast.

-Practical class project to apply the knowledge.

The skills applied in this class will allow you to:

-Feel fearless when public speaking.

-Give dynamic responses to questions in an interview.

-Create compelling topics out of thin air for your YouTube channel or podcast.

Impromptu speaking is a coveted skillset in the information age. This is the era where things are moving fast & infrastructure is becoming complex. You may not always be given the time to prepare.

That's fine. Once you are done with this class, you will have the skillset to think fast in all communication scenarios!

Let's begin.

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Arman Chowdhury

Confidence thru Communication



Hello, I'm Arman Chowdhury. I am an engineer, public speaker, and writer who currently owns the company, ArmaniTalks. The ArmaniTalks company aims to help engineers and entrepreneurs improve their communication skills so they can express themselves with clarity and confidence. 


A few of the core communication skills covered include public speaking, storytelling, social skills, emotional intelligence, and creativity.


Throughout my career, I have served in the hard skills fields of aerospace engineering, electrical engineering & systems design. Some of my experience with soft skills include serving as the External Vice President of my Toastmasters club, former communications chair of the Tampa BNI chapter, and publishing... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Welcome to the impromptu speaking for beginners class. My name is Audrey, the founder of Vermont. Welcome to the impromptu speaking for beginners class. My name is Armen jewelry, the founder of Armani talks, a media company which helps professionals and entrepreneurs improve their communication skills so they can articulate their ideas with clarity and confidence. Throughout my journey, I've recorded over a hundreds of videos on soft skills on my YouTube channel, impromptu speaking by the way, and grew it to a couple of thousands of subscribers. I've participated in the table topics competition for the Toastmasters public speaking club multiple times. And I've worked with a variety of engineers, entrepreneurs, and industry professionals who are looking to add the coveted skill set of impromptu speaking into their arsenal so they can improve public speaking, their performance in job interviews, and what their content creation output. In this course, you're going to understand what exactly impromptu speaking skills are, why it is valuable to you. You're going to learn three different frameworks which will help you in your journey. And we're going to wrap up this class with a project which will allow you to practice impromptu speaking in real time. I look forward to seeing you inside and you're going to get a lot of practical strategies that you can start applying today. 2. What is Impromptu Speaking: Impromptu speaking is the art of speaking without any form of preparation or any form of nodes. This is very different than the traditional types of speaking. Where a presenter has either index cards, a PowerPoint, or they've done some form of preparation beforehand. With impromptu speaking skills, you do not prepare at all. This may seem very daunting and it should, because anytime you're doing something are the norm, it feels a little scary. But the good part is that impromptu speaking is a lot about unlearning rather than learning. Whenever you're conversing with your best friends, you're not necessarily planning a lot yet. You switch into a different mode. Anytime you think that you have two impromptu speak in terms of public speaking, in terms of doing an interview or doing a table topics, talk, and Toastmasters. We want to make sure that we understand that impromptu speaking is our natural state. Normally, when we are speaking on a topic that we know very well, we are not planning which want to keep conditioning or mind to understanding this. And the more that we keep reminding ourselves that we are impromptu speaking all the time, the stronger the impromptu speaking muscle will get. 3. Why Learn Impromptu Speaking: First apply any type of skill set out there. We need to find a way to tie it into our personal life. So you want to be asking yourself, how can impromptu speaking skills help you in relation to your life? And I want to give you some suggestions. Let say you are someone that currently is struggling with public speaking anxiety. What's one of the main reasons was struggling so much? You don't have to say it out loud. But I know it. It's because a part of you is wondering, what if I prepared so much for the speech? I get onstage and I forget my entire speech. This fear haunts a lot of upcoming speakers. But if you're someone who has invested in impromptu speaking skills, then a part of you still feels good. You're like, who cares of African mask speech? Because I know the art of thinking on my feet. I'll just adjust, recalibrate, and go. Let's say you're someone who has to do a job interview, or you have to do some sort of interview for your personal brand. Once again, if you're someone who's getting different questions thrown at you and you're stumbling and fumbling and you don't even know you're talking about, then you're not representing your brand to the highest of regards. In this case, impromptu speaking skills will help you out tremendously because different questions are being thrown your way. Yet you're adjusting like a superstar. What if you host a podcast or a YouTube channel? Most content creators face the problem of running low on ideas. But if you understand impromptu speaking skills, then you're one of those rare few people who doesn't worry about running out of ideas. Because ideas are all around you. You just got to keep on finding different ways as to how this skill set will resonate with your life. You want to verbalize it. And once you do, it's going to click as to why you want to stick with impromptu speaking skills. Long term. 4. 3 Methods for Impromptu: There's different types of impromptu speaking frameworks out there. And in this course, I'm going to be giving you three particular ones. You don't have to do all three at once. I recommend you find one of them that resonates the most with you. And then you keep trying to exercise that particular framework and keep trying to master that. Once you find a way to measure that, you can always hop onto another framework that I'm going to provide for you. Or you could just stick with this one and keep cultivating it and mastering it even more. So let's get started off with the first one. 5. Basketball Method: You've ever played basketball growing up? I did. And I want to break down basketball in the most simple of contexts. There's three different variables that are needed. There's a player, There's a hoop, and then there's the ball. But let's picture a few different scenarios. Let's say there's a player, There's a ball, but there's no hoop. What happens? At most, the player could just dribble the ball around, but that's not fun. Let's switch it. Let's imagine that the player is there, the hoop is there, but there's no ball. What happens now? This is way more boring than the first time, because now the player can just probably run, tried to touch the net or the RAM, and that's about it. But when we combine all three of this, that's when things become fun. Now the player has a ball plus he has the target of the hoop to shoot the ball into. And likewise, this is how impromptu speaking skills works as well. The hoop represents the main point of your talk. You, the player or the speaker. And you use words instead of the ball, and you dribble it in different ways, such as using different tonalities and different ways of delivery with the words. And here's what you want to do first. You want to get the hoop first. If you want your talked to be very short, you want to get very, very specific with the hoop. If you want, you're taught to be very long. You could be very general with the hoop. So let me give you an example. If I just say that my hoop is rhino, then I could be talking about that for a very long time. If I'm hosting a workshop on rhinos, then that's the hoop that I would assign. But let's say that I want to be doing a short talk rather than a couple of hour long talk. Then what I could do is say that my hoop is, here's why rhinos are better than hippos and why you should short getting a pet rhino rather than a hippo. This is very targeted, which means that our talk is going to be shorter. Me as a speaker, now I have my target and I'm going to use my words and different ways to bring this point into existence. So what I want you to do right now is take some time and brainstorm on a very specific hope. Play around with a short talk and then dribble your words and a fancy way to bring that point to life. 6. String & Pearls Method: This technique is known as the string and prose technique. And I want you to picture a pearl necklace. There's two parts that are involved. There is a string and then there are the pearls. The string is something that you cannot see. Yet. It gives order to the pearls. And the pearls or something that you can't see. Without it. The string serves no purpose. When you combine the two. Now you've got some beautiful jewelry. And likewise, with impromptu speaking, the string represents the theme of your talk, and the pearls represent the points of your talk. You combine the two, and now you have a beautiful speech. What I want you to first do is think of the string. What is the theme of your talk? Once you get that general, just now it becomes much more beautiful to insert the right pearls onto it. So let's say that the theme that I want to speak about is the importance of impromptu speaking skills. I'm not getting too specific, but I have a certain target that I'm setting for the mind. At this point. The name of the game is finding the pearls quickly and efficiently. If you are planning too much, then you're not doing impromptu speaking. You're doing planned speaking. What you want to do and very quick amount of time is bring this string to life. What are you resting upon that strength? One pearl, the importance of impromptu speaking. The second pearl, how to practice impromptu speaking? The third Perl and exercise to give to the audience member. Very quick, but efficient. And now, once the jewelry is in your mind, you just pretty much using a workshop or get into life. So what I want you to do right now is to find a string which represents the theme of your talk. That I want you to find two to three different pearls, which you're going to rest upon the string. Then I want you to bring this talk into existence. 7. Pink Fish Method: The third impromptu speaking framework is what I call the pink fish framework. Did you know that the average human mind has roughly 30000 plus dots at a. That's a lot of thoughts. And if I was trying to articulate every single one of those thoughts, then I'll be talking for a very, very long time. That's not what I want. Instead, I want a very structured talk. And this is where the pink fish comes in. I want you to imagine that you're in front of a very crystal-clear river. The river is all flowing in one direction. And there's a lot of grief fish. You see all these different crayfish. But someone tells you that every now and then there's going to be a pink fish that comes. And this pink fish is worth a lot of money. You don't have a fishing pole, but you have your hand. Every time that you see a pink fish, you now are going to reach for it. Okay? And this is virtually how impromptu speaking works as well. You want the river of your thoughts flowing in one direction. And this is the purpose of your talk. There's going to be plenty of thoughts coming up and these are the regular gray fish. But every now and then, you're going to get a thought that charges up a feeling in your body. And only you are going to feel that. And once you feel that dot, you are going to put it into words. Okay? So what I want you to do right now is pick a very general stream of topic that you want to speak about. And the more personalized it is, the better. So you don't just want to say stop signs. That's a bad topic unless you make a living out of making stop signs. So if you are say, an entrepreneur that has a business to which designs stop signs, then you can say stop signs. The reason that I want it to be personal to you is because the more personal it is to you, the more that you're going to be able to spot certain feelings that you feel that only you can feel by the way, in relation to this topic, which makes it much easier to spot, the pink fish, allow the stream to keep flowing, keep ignoring all the other dots, the other fish, and keep trying to grab the pink one. This process of trying to grab is how you build your impromptu speaking skills. Muscle. 8. Recap: So far we've talked about a few cool topics in regards to the impromptu speaking skills. So let's just do a quick little recap. I said that impromptu speaking skills is the art of presenting without preparing. The reason that this is so useful is because in this complex world that we live in, we don't always have the time to prepare. Every now and then, we gotta be able to think on our feet. And if you can, you're going to look like a buffoon when you should be looking extremely sharp. Luckily, we can practice this good. This far. We've talked about a lot of different topics in relationship to impromptu speaking skills. So let's put it all together. Impromptu speaking skills as the art of speaking without any form of preparation. This is different than the traditional types of speaking where preparation is done beforehand. The thing is, we impromptu speak all the time. So it's more of a process of unlearning rather than learning. The reason that we want to learn this beautiful skill set or better yet unlearned, is because our world is extremely complex. And the more complex it is, the less time we're always going to have to prepare for different topics. We can use impromptu speaking skills with public speaking, with interviews, with content creation. And much more. The more that we can personalize this skill set in relationship to our life, the more likely it is that we're going to do this long-term. Once you commit to doing that long-term, there's three different frameworks that we discussed in today's talk. One is called the basketball method. This is when you pick a hoop and you bring that hoop into existence, that target through your words. The more specific your hoop is, the shorter your talk will be, the more general your hoop is, the longer that your talk is going to be. That's method number 1. For number 2, we talked about the string and pearls technique. This is pretty much when we're trying to find the string, which is the theme of our talk. And then we have pearls, which are the beautiful elements that we add to our talk. We want to make sure that we get the string and the pearls very quickly. Otherwise, we're not doing impromptu speaking. We're doing planned speaking. So keep on practicing on finding the right string and then adding the right pearls and then putting that talk into words. The third framework was known as the pink fish framework, where we're allowing our mind to flow in one direction with a topic which is very personal to us. There's going to be a lot of different dots, otherwise known as great fish that's coming up. But all we're looking out for is the pink fish. And the pig fish is represented by the thought that has a charge and our body. Every time that we spot a pink fish, we are going to grab it. Which basically means that we are going to try to put it into words. The more that we practice, the better that we get. 9. Final Project: Now so tough for the class project. What I want you to do is now's the time for the class project. What I want you to do is get the now's the time for the class project. What I want you to do now is the time for the class project. What I want you to do is get one of the frameworks that resonate with you. You could either do the basketball method, you could do the sharing and pearls method. You could do the pink fish method. Just choose one. And once you choose the topic, some reliable though. Now's the time for the class project. What I want you to do is pick one of the frameworks which work for you. You could do the basketball method. You can do the string and pros method. You could do the pink fish method, but just choose one. And once you choose it, I want you to pick a topic. And then I want you to bring that topic to life with impromptu speaking skills, with any one of the frameworks. I want your talked to be roughly wanted three minutes long. Go ahead, recorded and then post it in the class project section, right arm below. I look forward to hearing from you. If you enjoyed this beginners course on impromptu speaking skills, it would help me out a lot if you could leave a review and if you want to check out more of my content, be sure to check out. Or money, which has my books, blogs, podcasts, and other content that you will find very useful. Thank you very much and I will catch you another time.