When you commit to speak to a particular group, you will need to decide on what type of delivery method you should best employ: extemporaneous or manuscript speech delivery. Let’s take a moment to define both and then look at each in more depth.

The Extemporaneous Speech

The extemporaneous speech is often misunderstood for impromptu speech (often called “winging it”). There is a vast difference between the (prepared) extemporaneous speech and off-the-cuff impromptu remarks. First, to be a good extemporaneous speaker requires hours of practice for a particular speech, even for the most accomplished speaker. Extemporaneous speakers work from keyword notes and speaking outlines, not full-text drafts. Impromptu speakers, on the other ...

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