Impromptu Speaking

Learn how to deliver effective impromptu speeches through a combination of online classes and practice exercises.

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Course overview


CPD Accredited

AI feedback

Digital certificate

2 practice exercises

1 hour of learning

Course outcomes

Understand the importance of impromptu speaking in the modern world

Effectively deal with on-the-spot speaking situations such as presentations, interview questions, or media interviews

Explore and learn from real examples of impromptu speaking

Review strategies for buying time when called on unexpectedly to speak

Overcome your fear of dealing with impromptu situations

Learn how to speak in difficult situations, even when you are unprepared

Practice and improve your impromptu speaking skills in an interactive exercise

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Impromptu speaking

There are many occasions in both our professional and personal life when we are called on unexpectedly to deliver an impromptu speech. These situations offer us opportunities to influence others, inform customers or colleagues, and make an unforgettable impression - when done right.

This short course will give you the techniques to speak convincingly in these impromptu situations. Learn why impromptu speaking is so critical to your career, how to structure your words to give a clear and strong message, and what to do when you have no time to prepare and have to think on your feet.

Practice exercise

Improve with practice

This course is designed to help you quickly become a more effective and confident speaker in any impromptu situation.

For maximum learning, this includes interactive exercises in which you can practice your impromptu speaking skills.

Improve your impromptu speaking

This blended course is made up of three key parts to accelerate your learning:

Learn online courses

Online classes

Learn fundamental techniques and strategies for giving an impromptu speech through expert articles, example videos, and analysis.

Practice online

Practice exercises

After completing the classes, practice your impromptu skills and put them to the test with interactive exercises.

Improve with feedback


Every time you use a practice exercise, you'll receive instant feedback on your dialogue through AI. You can also play back your performance for self-evaluation.

Course content

  • This short module explains the course and how the practice exercise fits in with the online learning content.
  • A look at why impromptu speaking is essential for your personal and professional life.
  • Impromptu speaking overview
  • Why is impromptu speaking so important?
  • Impromptu speaking examples
  • Tips and techniques to enhance your impromptu speaking abilities.
  • How to prepare if you have time
  • When you have no preparation time
  • Examples to practice with
  • Additional tips
  • Practice what you've learned in an interactive impromptu exercise. Talk about random images or Table Topics, while getting feedback at the end on how you did.

Practice exercises

Practice your impromptu speaking skills in the following exercises, which you can access directly through your web browser.

At the end of these exercises, you'll receive feedback on your performance, including on your pace of speaking, use of hesitation words, how confident you sounded, and more.

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Roleplay with ChatGPT

Roleplay with AI-Powered Avatars

Develop your impromptu speaking skills with ChatGPT-powered avatars, who adapt to what you say in a dynamic and personalized way. Hone your skills through conversations and practice answering impromptu questions.

Benefits of the practice exercises

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Practice quick-thinking

You'll be speaking about a variety of objects or topics to help you practice thinking on the spot, with no preparation beforehand.

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Time management

You'll be under time pressure for both exercises - make sure you use your time appropriately.

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Performance analysis

Identify improvements you can make to your dialogue and verbal delivery by listening to yourself back and with automated feedback.


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