Impromptu Speaking: Speaking Off The Cuff

How to give an impressive impromptu speech
How to give an impressive impromptu speech

Training for impromptu speeches


Make a success of speaking off the cuff. Learn how to give an impressive impromptu speech. Tips and training for impromptu speeches.

Impromptu Speaking


… “Do not you want to say a few words about your experiences?”
… “May I ask you for a short statement on the subject?”
… “Did I forget to let you know that we announced you as a speaker?”




— That was never mentioned! But now I need a speech … quickly!


Impromptu speeches are the pinnacle of rhetoric because they are kept out of the situation without any preparation. …

Completely free and without any preparation? In fact, you can train a lot beforehand: namely, all the techniques that make it possible to spontaneously confidently and convincingly expose your words to the public. In the future, you will no longer have to fake a fainting spell or tip over a glass of red wine over your white shirt so you do not have to go on stage.

With practice, you will have only one problem with blatant language: Hardly anyone will believe that you have not been in the study room for at least a day with lots of coffee. But that’s acceptable, right?



  • Structure your thoughts and your speech easily and quickly
  • Thinking on your feet
  • How to start
  • Flexible and creative implementation of unexpected topics
  • Development of speech thinking
  • Emotional speaking
  • How to present even complex ideas clearly
  • Transitions
  • Breathing technique and posture
  • Being present
  • Body language
  • Keywords concept
  • Humour
  • Tricks for impromptu speeches
  • How to win a contest
  • Practice, practice, practice!



The training teaches you as a speaker to enjoy spontaneous speech opportunities. You will effectively present unprepared speeches and gain sovereignty and serenity.

Who is this training for?


Women and men of science, industry, and politics who want to develop their communication skills and be well-prepared for brilliant speeches.



Theory with demonstrations, group work, individual work, role-playing, simulations, exchanging experiences, discussion, exercises, feedback, ImproRhetoric™, audio and video recordings.

Training events in Berlin


  • 4th and 5th October 2019
    The course fee is 1,499 euros plus 19% VAT**
    Early birds pay 1,299 euros plus 19% VAT before 15th April 2019*
    Registration and participation is still possible.
  • 1st and 2nd October 2020
    The course fee is 1,499 euros plus 19% VAT**
    Early birds pay 1,299 euros plus 19% VAT before 15th April 2020*
    Registration and participation is still possible.


For training effectiveness, only FOUR SEATS are available.

Please contact me regarding questions and registration!

* The deadline for early birds shall be the date of receipt of payment, not the application date.

Note: Group trainings are also available as corporate trainings. If you want an even more intense, tailor-made program in which you plan and select the contents individually with me, I recommend that you book this training program as an individual training (recommended: at least 10 hours).



The price of the open group training includes a preparatory session (30 minutes) and a subsequent session (30 minutes) by telephone or preferably with video support via the Internet.

Why and when with me?


There are many offers for communication and presentation training. It is not always easy to decide which one is the most suitable. After all, there are many good alternatives. To help you make a more informed decision, I reveal a lot about myself and my activities on these pages. The numerous articles give you a first impression of my style. You can learn about the WHAT, the HOW and also the WHY. I like transparency. You can also ask someone who has already worked with me or - the most convincing and effective procedure - you come to me for a first session one-to-one for 60 or 90 minutes.

What clients say


The presentation skills training has made a tremendous impact on my career. Karsten’s effective and proven training methods not only help with becoming comfortable with public speaking, but they also help with instilling confidence. Like any other skill, effective impromptu speaking takes a lot of practice and I enjoed it a lot. Impromptu speaking is a great skill. Public speaking and effective communication are essentials skills for anyone who wants to accelerate their career and Karsten delivers in this area.

Pablo Sánchez

Your trainer

Since 1998, I support people in presenting themselves and their message convincingly. As part of the training for impromptu speeches, I pass on my experience for spontaneous speeches.

It’s my favorite workout. When speaking off the cuff, everything comes together: Emotional state management, technique, body language, voice etc.

Anyone who has learned this becomes altogether calmer and more sovereign. Even well-prepared speeches and presentations will be better with this knowledge.

Benefit from my experience in marketing, psychology, and rhetoric. I’ll show you how to spontaneously convince yourself and your message.

Find out more about me in my trainer profile.

Just ask me personally

Let's get into a conversation. Please post any questions that may interest other readers in the comments. If you are interested in coaching or training, for personal questions about that and appointments you can reach me by e-mail (, phone +49(0)30 864 213 68 and mobile phone +49(0)1577 704 53 56. You can also use this contact form. Please read the information about the privacy policy.


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Articles about impromptu speaking


The first rule of rhetoric: Let us start with the basics of speaking.

Does everyone have to say something about everything? In my opinion, the most important rule of rhetoric and good communication style is that those who have nothing to say should shut up.

Keith Johnstone, Improvisational Theatre, 14 Rules and ImproRhetorik™

Keith Johnstone, Improvisational Theatre, 14 Rules and ImproRhetorik™

Keith Johnstone is considered to be the founder of modern improvisation theatre and thus provided me with numerous ideas for the development of improRhetorics™. Read the 14 “Rules” of Improvisation Theatre. Models and wisdom for coaching and presentation skills. I do not only recommend the books and ideas of Keith Johnstone to participants in my workshops.

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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: March 21, 2001
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: August 13, 2019
Translation: August 29, 2019
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