Has it also happened to you that you got caught on the wrong food? Have you found yourself sitting in a meeting and someone asks you to give a statement on something you haven’t thought about yet? Or your boss wants to hear your fife year plan and you barely managed to plan the day? What about that speech you have to give spontaneously at your best friends birthday party?
Of course, you don’t want to sound stupid giving a weird answer or blabbering of experiences with your friend nobody can remember of. There are three easy ways to sound confident, in-control and well structured:
- The circle structure
- Advantages, disadvantages and conclusion
- The journey is the reward
1. The circle structure
Don’t hesitate, start directly with a statement related to the topic you are expected to say something about. As an example start with: “Yes, climate changes affects everyone”.
Then you think loudly about the topic. Try to analyse it in your own way. And because you already started, your brain is giving you lots of hints on stuff you know. So keep going. It could be a bit bla bla here, a bit bla bla there but you will give a good impressen because you will have a strong ending.
So after you have thought loudly about it and explained your initial statement, it is now the time to give exactly the same statement as initially again to end your speech: “And therefore I believe that climate changes affects everyone.”
Your audience will see you as very smart person, being able to explain things in a structured way (and that just because you repeated your initial statement and closed the circle).
If someone asks you about your position on a certain topic on which you haven’t make your mind of so far. Again, don’t hesitate but start to analyse it straight away.
Think about (and speak out loud) advantages, think about disadvantages and as you do that, your brain will help you making up a conclusion. So as an example, if you were asked what you think about the immigration politics of your country you could say: “Well there are positive aspects like all the highly skilled people which help our economy to grow”. “But there are also negative aspects in therms of keeping our cultural values”. “On the positive side, most of the immigrants show a high interest in our culture and it inspires many locals to celebrate it more.” and so on and so on. While doing this, you will make your mind up and can give a clear statement “Therefore I do believe that the current immigration politics is the right thing to do.”
Again, your audience will see you as a very smart person. You just showed them advantages, disadvantages and showed them the way to your conclusion. You don’t have to tell them that this was the first time you have walked this path, tough. 😉
Here again, key is to start to speak immediately. This model suites best situations in which a problem should get solved, something should be changed.
Start with something easy and state quickly the as-is situation. Then explain the to-be situation. While doing this, a lot of neurons in your brain are firing and will lay your foundation for the essential bit, the journey to the to-be situation.
And you can imagine that your audience is again impressed of how clearly you analyse as-is, to-be and the journey to the later.
All three models are quite simple but give you a good way to analyse a situation impromptu or give the warm speech to your friend with a structured ending.
Easy isn’t it! Let me know how it works for you!