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Thursday, 09 November 2017 02:43

Does public speaking require improvisation skills?

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Does public speaking require improvisational skills? No.

Could a public speaker benefit from improvisational skills? Most definitely!

The art of public speaking encompasses many skills. Sometimes it is delivering a one-way flow of information, where the audience is not encouraged to participate or respond.

Other times, it is a two-way dialogue with the audience interacting with the speaker and perhaps changing the flow of the presentation.

One might think of improvisation in the sense of a comedy act created on the spot, with the situation, characters and context provided at the last moment. That is one form.

From a public speaker’s perspective, a skilled speaker can adapt to any situation that they encounter. It means that they can change their content and delivery mid-stream to adapt to changing conditions.

Being improvisational would be an asset to a speaker. One thing to be aware of though is that it has the probability of significantly increasing the time of your presentation. If you are only allotted a certain amount of time and you go off script with improvising, it could easily eat up your time.

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Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

Rae has embraced the principal of CANEI (Constant and Never-ending Improvement) as promoted by thought leaders such as Tony Robbins and brings that philosophy to each of his publications and presentations.

Rae has dedicated the latter segment of his journey through life to overcoming his personal inhibitions. As a 20+ year member of Toastmasters International he has systematically built his self-confidence and communicating ability. He is passionate about sharing his lessons with his readers and listeners. His publications thus far are of the self-help, self-improvement genre and systematically offer valuable sage advice on a specific topic. He is a long-time member of Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters and is the driving force behind its long-term success. 

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