Chapter 4: Stand and Deliver
- Manuscript: Reading from a manuscript is the most formal type of delivery. It offers you the greatest control over the wording of your speech.
This delivery alternative is typically used when speaking on highly sensitive information or during a crisis situation where using specific words and terms are important.
Also, you may want to read from a manuscript when you've taken the time to embellish your speech and want to ensure that you deliver it exactly as you wrote it. Just don't rob this presentation of its spontaneity.
Practice this speech as much as you can so you sound natural and as you become more confident try adding a few spontaneous changes at the time of delivery.
- Memorized: These speeches can be the hardest to deliver because it requires a word-for-word presentation without the use of any aids. Speakers can sometimes confuse words, paragraphs, or phrases.
Also, a memorized speech can sound overly rehearsed or canned. People who memorize speeches frequently such as politicians or actors say the best way to deliver these types of speeches is to just practice.
- Impromptu: If you think impromptu speeches sound the most natural, it's because they are natural. The message you deliver is based on what you have in your head.
There's no time to prep, practice, write down your thoughts, or preselect the right words you're going to use.
Even with impromptu speeches, you still need to be coherent, concise, clear, and organized if you want to deliver an effective message.
Even if you are asked to do a last minute speech or if you find yourself on the spot, take some time to gather your thoughts so you can organize them as much as you can.
The good news here is that the more proficient you become at delivering other types of speeches, the better you'll get at giving an impromptu talk.