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When you stand to speak “impromptu,” you willbe prepared to pull out the needed data from yourmental file.For example, reading up onMCJROTC and discussing your future in it withyour instructor will add to your ability to discussthis subject with your audience.One way to organize your thoughts for animpromptu speech is to use a “Past, Present,Future” format.Speak first about the past of thesubject, such as how the MCJROTC unfolded inthe beginning and what has been done to increasethe number of cadets.Then, speak about theorganization and the role it plays today byconsidering what is happening now and what kindof learning takes place.And next, contemplate the“It usually takes me more than three weeks toprepare a good impromptu speech.”Mark Twain233
U . S .MA R I N ECO R P S.J R O T CCategory 3 – Personal Growth and ResponsibilitySkill 4– Written and Oral Communicationfuture.Consider what things may change, whatimprovementsmaybemade,andwhereMCJROTC may be ten years from now.Anotherproceduretouseinyourpresentation is to support your ideas withexamples or statistics.In addition, try to findexperiences from your past that will add to yourspeech and make your points believable.Forexample, suppose your instructor asked you tomake a speech about seatbelts and whether or notyou favor a mandatory law for wearing them.Youcould talk about how you feel wearing seatbelts isa wonderful idea.But, most people already knowthat.You would not be telling them anything theydid not already know.Instead, state why amandatory law is a good idea by attaching it tosomething you have seen, heard, or read in thenews.You could say something like, “I read inthe newspaper the other day that a family of foursurvived a car accident because they were wearingseatbelts.The report said that if it were not forthat, they would have been thrown violently fromtheir car.More than likely, they all would havedied.”Also, always be sure to take your time.Of course, some situations require a minimum ormaximum time.Remember that you will need tocollect your thoughts and to wait for the audienceto quiet down.Most important, do not rush head-on into your presentation.Concentrate on whatyou are saying and what you want to say.Finally, try to stay on the subject.Keepfocusing on the topic in your mind so that yourexamples or stories are extended from that basis.Practicing at home will help you be prepared inthe classroom or anywhere the impromptusituation arises.Pick any object in your room orany story in the newspaper.Contemplate whatyou could say about it.Speak about the itemwhile timing yourself.Tips for Impromptu SpeakingRemember these techniques to improveimpromptu speaking:Stay knowledgeable on a variety of topics.

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