ACCLAIM FOR IMPROMPTU
"I have always relished impromptu speaking and in my role as Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations, I have many occasions to speak spontaneously. My work with Judith Humphrey has made my speaking more on point, meaningful, and impactful. Readers of Impromptu will benefit tremendously from this book, which lays out everything necessary to be eloquent off the cuff."
Marc–André Blanchard, Canada′s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations
"Short, spontaneous remarks can have a huge impact and Impromptu will help you organize your thoughts and capture the minds of your audience. Judith Humphrey is an authority on the subject and this is a must–read book for anyone, especially for those in leadership roles!"
Tony Arrell, Chairman and CEO, Burgundy Asset Management Ltd.
"If you are meticulous about preparation, as I am, the idea of speaking off the cuff can send shivers down your spine. This book is made for us: read this insightful work to prepare for those high–consequence moments when your response has to be just right."
Paul Vallée, Chairman and CEO, The Pythian Group, Inc.
"I love the premise and promise of this book. Impromptu will enable you to deliver what matters in the moment."
Joe McCormack, Author of Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less
PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS
"Ms. Humphrey displays deep expertise and experience in communications leadership."
Rebecca Knight, The Financial Times [review of Taking the Stage]
"Speaking as a Leader has been a valuable go–to resource for our subscribers and I often choose it when asked to suggest a strong leadership communication title."
Sarah T. Dayton, Editor–in–Chief, Soundview
"After reading Speaking as a Leader in two days, I reached out immediately to get Judith in front of my leadership team. This has been the single most impactful read of my career."
Kate Nazar, Vice President, Client Solutions Centre, Sun Life Financial
Prologue: The Soul of This Book xi
Part I THE NEW WORLD OF IMPROMPTU 9
1 The Rise of Impromptu Speaking 11
2 Power of Spontaneity 23
Part II THE IMPROMPTU MIND–SET 33
3 Be Intent on Leading 35
4 Be a Listener 45
5 Be Authentic 55
6 Be Focused 65
7 Be Respectful 71
Part III THE LEADER S SCRIPT 79
8 Lay the Groundwork 81
9 Read Your Audience 89
10 The Scripting Template 97
11 Commit to a Message 103
12 Make a Compelling Case 111
13 Beginnings and Endings 119
Part IV IMPROMPTU SCRIPTS FOR EVERY OCCASION 125
14 Meetings 127
15 Job Interviews, Networking, and Elevator Conversations 135
16 Just the Big Picture 145
17 Toasts and Tributes 151
18 The Impromptu Speech 159
19 Q&A 165
Part V THE IMPROMPTU STAGE 175
20 Rehearse Your Remarks 177
21 Choose YourWords 187
22 Use Improv Techniques 195
23 Find Your Voice 203
24 Master Body Language 211
Conclusion: Don t Be Scared, Be Prepared 219
Judith Humphrey is founder of The Humphrey Group Inc., one of North America′s premier leadership communications firms. Over the past 30 years The Humphrey Group has coached tens of thousands of leaders who wish to influence and inspire when they speak. The firm′s pathbreaking program for women has reached over a half million individuals around the world. Humphrey is a keynote speaker and author of three books (Speaking as a Leader, Taking the Stage, and Impromptu). She is also a regular columnist for Fast Company.
She lives with her family in Toronto. For more on the author and her books, see www.judithhumphrey.com and follow her on twitter @judith—humphrey.