“Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way.”
— Michael Scott, The Office.
Now you know why the head of Dunder Mifflin paper company is such a captivating public speaker. He knows the power of making it up on the fly.
There was a lot of Michael Scott-style improvising going on at last week’s meeting of Vancore.
Multiple people jumped in to fill empty roles.
Vanessa took on the role of chair.
Bruce filled the empty speaking roster with an off-the-cuff speech.
Quentin appointed himself grammarian. And chose a word of the day that perfectly fit the spirit of the meeting:
Without preparation; extemporaneous.
From the Latin in promptu, a promere, meaning “in readiness” or “at hand.”
Why is impromptu speaking important?
We will feel more confident at work, when put on the spot by our boss or a colleague with a difficult question. We can up your game and start inspiring the people around us. We will also feel more comfortable just having a conversation with a friend or a chat with a stranger we’ve just met. We will gain the respect of others.
Sometimes we need to do things impromptu. What we lose in polish, we often make up for in energy.
Impromptu speaking has a bit of danger to it – a swinging-vine-to-vine, live-in-the-moment quality!
And that, ultimately, is the only way we grow.
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