What specific source of information that you have found valuable in answering your inquiry question? How has it proved valuable? Explain.

In class yesterday, I spent a little bit of time learning about the difference between a prepared speech and impromptu speech. Although this seems obsolete because the two are very different, I still found it beneficial to lay it out, so I could see it and realize that I can’t use prepared speech technique on an impromptu speech. Below I have attached a T-chart comparing the two different methods of speech.

Impromptu Prepared
–          No preparation time

–          Shorter time frame (usually)

–          Quickly interoperating a prompt

–          No access to outside information

–          Solely based on previous knowledge

–          Less structure

–          Preparation time

–          Synthesizing information

–          Have access to internet and sources for research

–          Longer time

–          More structure

As for sources, I found that going to a class was very beneficial. I’m lucky that ZIP just so happens to line up with effective speaking season so the two can cross. Last night was the first class and we worked on impromptu speeches. I learned a lot about technique and using my teacher, Mr. Munroe’s, words “faking it till you make it”. He explained how because of the short time frame we have to prepare the speech; a lot of the actual speech is engaging filler. We went around, and each did a 2-3-minute impromptu speech and Mr. Monroe made us evaluate each and every one of them. This helped a lot because I was able to take tips from my peers and keep in mind what I like and didn’t like. If I didn’t like it, most likely the judges or my peers won’t either.

I found doing impromptu speeches with peers valuable because it gave me someone to bounce ideas off of. They were able to give me honest and critical feedback to help me grow with my impromptu speaking. It also gave me a safe stage to practice speaking. I look forward to more classes in the future.