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Part V: Preparing Your Presentation > When You Can’t Practice— Successful Impro...

Chapter 23. When You Can’t Practice— Successful Impromptu Speaking

Alex is invited, along with his manager, to attend a meeting of all department heads in the company. He is not expecting to say anything, only to sit and listen. During his manager’s presentation, he is asked a question about the department’s plans for the coming year. He turns to Alex and says, “Alex, you’ve been working on our major project for the past year. Maybe you could say a few words about how this project got started, where it stands, and where it is going.”


If something like this happens to you, do not panic! You already know the fundamentals of organizing your thoughts, and you know your job. With these two resources you can effectively respond by taking the following steps:


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