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Magic of Impromptu Speaking: Create a Speech That Will Be Remembered for Years in Under 30 Seconds, by Andrii Sedniev

OVER the past five weeks, I have observed the same important executive deficit in strategy workshops I facilitated in three different countries: the unwillingness or inability to speak well off the cuff. Thinking about this, I realised how little attention we have given to impromptu speaking in the development of senior people. To put this in perspective, Amazon lists 49 books on impromptu speaking and over 16 000 on presentations.

How well people participate in meetings and workshops is a meaningful component of how they position themselves in the business’s leadership. Those who participate early and well, appear more prominent. What struck me during the workshops I facilitated was how people I knew to have extremely valuable contributions to make, failed to share them and to let others know their true worth. 

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