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Extemporaneous Speaking   

What is it?

Extemporaneous Speaking, often called Extemp, is an event designed for people who can speak with virtually no preparation and who enjoy current events. Participants draw a previously secret topic from a choice of three: for example, "What role will Bill Bradley play in Al Gore's presidential campaign?" You then have a full half-hour to research the topic with files of newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and news bites prepared by the team. With that information, participants write an outline for a speech on the subject using your research, and memorize it or keep them on a small notecard. When your time has elapsed, you have to give your speech to a judge. It sounds like a stressful experience, and it can be. But for many, the pure adrenaline rush of giving a speech on the fly makes the event exciting, and the many able people who participate in the tournament on the higher skill levels keep it competitive.

 


How To Organize An Extemp Speech

Attention-getter - Introduction, use analogy, personal example, or a story

                                Should be clever and innovative. Use humor when appropriate.

Transition to the exact question - make sure that you get it right!

 STATE the question - Options:

Preview your main areas (state them exactly). Make sure that what you present here is what you present below.

Body of the Extemp Speech

  1. First Major division/reason - restate clearly and exactly

    Explanation - support data (use source)

    Explanation - support data (use source)

    Try and be very structured and organized.

    Internal summary

  2. Second major division/reason(signpost and state clearly)

    Explanation - support data (use source)

    Explanation - support data (use source)

    Try and be very structured and organized.

    Internal summary

  3. Third major division/reason(signpost and state clearly)

         Explanation - support data (use source)

         Explanation - support data (use source)

        Try and be very structured and organized.

        Internal summary

**Note: sources are used throughout the extemp speech - sources should be more varied that Newsweek, Time, and US News  (especially true for varsity extempers).


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