Team Think Tank 4 – Impromptu speaking exercise: What’s for dinner?

Team Think Tank (T3) examples:

T3-4: What’s for dinner? (impromptu speaking exercise)

This workshop aims to help you develop your speaking, confidence, and overall presentation skills.

How? Working in teams of two, you will have exactly 3 minutes to deliver a memorable presentation teaching your audience your favorite recipe. Now this doesn’t have to be a food recipe! It can be a recipe for making friends, recipe for purifying your protein, recipe for having fun, etc. – the possibilities are endless!

You will have 15 minutes at the beginning of this workshop to get organized before presentations start.

The idea here is to give you experience with respect to speaking in public. This is a fun activity. There are no marks associated with it so please do not worry. This is also a safe space.

Please note: though creativity and fun are at the forefront of this presentation, this is still a professional environment. As such, please be mindful of the topics you choose to engage with, make sure there is no swearing, stay away from charged topics, and please do not attempt any physical stunts (like jumping, leaping, etc.), which can be unsafe. Thank you.

Guidelines for setting up your memorable impromptu speech (these are just guidelines to get you started, you can certainly deviate from this script):

  • First sentence: Be very clear, concise: “today we will describe…”
  • Attention grabber: Provide a brief story/anecdote, humorous experience, etc. – something that will draw the audience in and to pique their interest about your topic
  • Main body: Detail the recipe
  • Conclusion: Reference back to attention getter

Remember: we’re looking for quality, not quantity!!!

And don’t forget to have FUN!!!!!! This is a safe space!


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