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The Pin Drop Principle: Captivate, Influence, and Communicate Better Using the Time-Tested Methods of Professional Performers by G. Riley Mills, David Lewis

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Chapter 8

Think on Your Feet

Mastering Impromptu Speaking in Any Situation

Sometimes you just have to take the leap, and build your wings on the way down.

–Kobi Yamada

 

The idea of having to speak without preparation fills many people with dread. And chances are that most of us can recall an incident or event in our lives where we said the wrong thing or drew a blank while speaking in the moment in front of others: fumbling a math answer in high school; misspeaking during a meeting; forgetting what comes next during a presentation. Impromptu speaking is one of most difficult modes of communication to master: you are generally without notes or visual aids, and you must quickly organize your thoughts and communicate them in a clear and concise ...

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