Impromptu Speaking - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780081035016, 9781483138572

Impromptu Speaking

2nd Edition

Authors: Vera Gough
Editors: Robert Robinson Dean Athelstan Spilhaus
eBook ISBN: 9781483138572
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1968
Page Count: 104
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Impromptu Speaking, Second Edition provides a time-saving method and a guide for the type of speech anyone might make. The book, in particular, covers how to make short speeches in a conversational way.

Organized into four chapters, the book begins with an explanation of confidence in speechmaking. The role that sense of humor plays in a speech is also addressed. Subsequent chapter elucidates the five-point plan, which corresponds to the fingers and thumb of one hand. In studying the plan, no. 1 (little finger) always refers to the occasion, and no. 5 (thumb) always refers to the purpose of it. Then, with practice, notes are written against 2, 3, and 4 only. In the last chapter, plans and examples are given.

This book will be helpful to anyone who will make an impromptu speech.

Table of Contents


  1. Confidence in Speechmaking
  2. A Sense of Humor
  3. How to Memorize a Five-Point Plan
  4. Plans and Examples Introduce a Speaker Propose a Vote of Thanks Propose a Toast at a Dinner Reply to a Toast at a Dinner Present a Gift Accept the Presentation of a Gift Open a Sale of Work Comment at a Fashion Show Comment with Film Slides Welcome Guests on an Informal Occasion Express Thanks on an Informal Occasion Propose a Toast at a Birthday Party Propose a Toast at a Wedding Present an Idea at a Business Meeting Informal Report by Chairman of a Sub-Committee


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About the Author

Vera Gough

About the Editor

Robert Robinson

Affiliations and Expertise

Recently retired from editorship of Canadian Security magazine

Dean Athelstan Spilhaus

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