Ace Impromptu Speeches With P.R.E.P.

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Learn more about P.R.E.P. and how you and your audience will enjoy spontaneous speeches with this speech structure.

P.R.E.P. and how you and your audience will enjoy impromptu speeches 


Even the most confident and experienced speaker gets a little warmer when asked to speak at short notice about something they haven’t prepared for. What about you, do you like the moments when you are asked to say something? Are you speechless, or do you welcome such an occasion? Some like it and others stand there stuttering, with sweaty hands and a pulse rate like after a hard workout.

Don’t miss these chances. There are many opportunities for spontaneous speaking, be it in an interview, at a meeting at work, or a social event like a birthday.




From zero to a hundred


What’s there to say in a nutshell? How do I start and how should I make an impression? Am I for or against an idea? Sometimes it is necessary to clarify your point of view first. The many thoughts need to be arranged in such a way that they can be convincingly presented to the audience. Therefore, one of the first steps in the selection of an appropriate speech structure.




Master impromptu speeches with P.R.E.P.


A very simple language structure, which is suitable for open speech, is P.R.E.P. Here each letter stands for an English term, a kind of mnemonic. With P.R.E.P. you can prepare a speech in a very short time and even use it in a spontaneous speech.

P.R.E.P. stands for:




Start your speech with your main point. Concentrate on one point instead of naming too many aspects at once. This makes it easier for your audience to follow your thoughts.





This refers to reasons in the sense of justification. Tell your audience why you think your argument is true. If available, you can use research and statistics if they are credible.





Use one or more examples to illustrate your most important points and reasons.





Repeat your core messages so that they affect the minds of the audience.

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This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.

Published: June 21, 2008
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: August 20th, 2023
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