This guest blog post has being shared by Steve Lowell, our CAPS Manitoba Speaker School headliner on Friday, March 14th. There is no longer any need to fear speaking off the cuff as Steve recommends that speakers use the acronym “S.A.F.E.” when faced with impromptu speaking situations. This easy acronym will save you stress, and perhaps help you to impress your next client!
S = Story | A = Association | F = Facts | E = Educate
“S” is for Story
When a topic is being discussed and you want to contribute, or if you’ve ever been asked to “say a few words” without any notice; think of an event or incident that has occurred in your life that relates to the topic at hand and re-live that event for your audience. Pointless ramblings have no value, but a story almost always does!
“A” is for Association
Does the topic trigger an emotion or memory? Maybe an opinion? Any of these can be the foundation for an impromptu talk. When given the changeto speak, consider what association you have regarding the topic and share that with your audience. Consider an issue with which you agree or disagree, and state your case. Once you begin, the words will flow.
“F” is for facts or figures
When a topic is presented, ask yourself if you have heard any interesting facts, statistics, or observed any interesting trends regarding the topic. Get in the habit of noticing trends, patterns and behaviours as you go through life. This will give you great information if the topic ever arises and you need something to say.
“E” is for educate
When a topic is presented, ask yourself if you have any unique knowledge, experience, or maybe a creative spin on the topic. Perhaps you have heard a news story, read an article, listened to a TV program, or heard another speaker. Observe as you participate in life, this is how wisdom is obtained. Then share your wisdom or creativity with your audience.
Tickets are just $189 for the whole day of training and available at: www.CAPSManitoba.com/events
If you’d like to learn more from Steve visit his Facebook Page where he gladly shares his Speaking Tips regularly, and consider signing up for his eNews on his website to receive “Instant Access” to additional benefits.