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Speaking off the Cuff

If you are anything like me, you enjoy the luxury of being able to think through and craft what you want to say to your audience. It is always to your advantage to be able to prepare before you speak. But you know, as well as I do, that many opportunities to speak don't often come with much or any notice. As I pastor, I am often called to stand up and speak, sometimes with no notice or warning. So how does a person effectively speak off the cuff?

From the Public Speaking Blog:

"I just came across a four-step formula created by Richard C. Borden that will teach you how to craft a powerful speech on the fly. To speakers who suck at speaking off the cuff, you will find this post God-sent."

Remember these three quick questions and one imperative to give you guidance on how to craft what you are going to say on the fly.

1. Ho hum!” (or don't be B-O-R-I-N-G!)
2. “Why bring that up?”
3. “For instance?”
4. “So what?”

More about what these points mean from the Public Speaking Blog.

(HT: The Public Speaking Blog)


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