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Impromptu Remarks Checklist & The Emmy Awards

by | Sep 21, 2021 | 2 comments

Do you ever find yourself in the position to “say a few words” about yourself, or your business/association… and you get tongue tied?

Would you like a checklist on how to sound confident and comfortable in these potential landmine moments?

Reach no further than watching a few acceptance speeches on the 2021 Emmy Awards Show.

The Emmy Awards Acceptance Speeches – the ebullient, memorable and bumbling

You may get caught by surprise when a mic shows up pointing straight at your face. Understandable.

How can these show business celebs be surprised when they’ve been nominated and one of them WILL be getting a trophy??? Mind boggling.

Even considering the emotional rush of adrenaline, these folks should know better. Many used notes that were crumpled, upside down, and two pages 🙄. Others mumbled. A few spoke brilliantly.

Your Impromptu Speech Checklist

Heed the advice of Mark Twain who said, “It takes me about 2 weeks to prepare for a good impromptu speech!”

  • Think about what questions others might ask you, so that you have some ready responses in your head.
  • Practice your reply to this question: “We’re going to go around the table. Please share a short introduction.” Been there? Think Mark Twain and prepare ahead.
  • Use the Pros/Cons template to organize your thoughts. Can you itemize your response by sharing the advantages and disadvantages?
  • Respond temporally. Can you describe your topic using Past, Present and Future categories?
  • Think about your conversation from various Points of View. Example: What does your marketing department think, your research team, your supply chain group?

You’re a leader. You can outdo these paid actors on giving impromptu comments! Better yet – call us!

For this blog’s inspiration I thank a recent prospect who wants to hone his skills on speaking extemporaneously. And, thanks go to our Emmy Award Winners for showing us good to horrible acceptance speeches.

Karen Cortell Reisman Speech BookKaren Cortell Reisman book on sellingAuthor: Karen Cortell Reisman is Founder of Speak For Yourself® , a communication consulting firm, and the author of 2 books on how to communicate. She lives in Dallas, Texas and embraces her addiction to the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and Tony Award Shows.

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  1. Michael Gallant

    You should win an Emmy for best Blog about the Emmys.

    • Karen Cortell Reisman

      Love it!!! I’m all in – send me the Emmy for Best Blog on the Emmys. I appreciate your feedback Michael. Thanks.

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