How to inject genuine emotion into an impromptu speech

Give the text at least one read-through—aloud—and pick a sentence you want your audience to remember.

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Even a great text can become stilted and dull if you can’t imbue it with some degree of emotion and vitality. It’s that much harder when the text is new to you and you’ve not had ample time to practice.

This happens to communicators and executives quite often. Maybe you’re communicating in a crisis or filling in for a colleague who had to cancel at the last minute. Perhaps you had a scheduling snafu that left you with no time to prepare. A last-minute development may have made the speech you did rehearse for unusable, and now, for whatever reason, you face a tough situation.

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