Do you get in your own way during a job interview or while giving a presentation? If so, you might be wondering:
“What can I do to quickly explain something when in the moment?”
Thankfully, there are ways to do this and they are very simple ways. Author of Speaking Up without Freaking Out: 50 Techniques for Confident and Compelling Presenting, Matthew Abrahams informs us, “When you are in a spontaneous speaking situation, you have to do two things simultaneously,”
- Figure out what to say.
- Figure out how to say it.
Let’s examine 8 spontaneous speaking structures that allow you to become comfortable and respond immediately to any speaking situation.
What are Spontaneous Speaking Structures?
A spontaneous speaking structure is a way to tell a story. It is a way to explain anything quickly by using simple structures to frame a story.
“Structure sets you free.” – Matthew Abrahams
Here’s why structures set you free:
Speaking structures help you explain anything ad lib. They provide an easy way to structure our thinking and prevent us from freezing in the moment.
Abrahams informs us,
“You need to set expectations and structures do that.”
I highly recommend watching the following video (the video is long so I recommend you skip to 41 minutes in where spontaneous speaking structures are discussed in more detail):