2008 — VA/US


Abbreviation IM
Format Speech
Entry Fee $0.00
Entry 1 competitors per entry

Event Description:

Impromptu Speaking a public speaking event in which a contestant draws a slip of paper out of an envelope. On these pieces of paper are thought-provoking quotations, one word abstracts, and general analytical questions. The speaker then spends two minutes preparing a five minute maximum speech. Impromptu speaking is similar to Extemp, but far less structured and less evidence-based. I don't mean to discredit Impromptu speakers, since I am one. But Impromptu is less structured in order to allow for true spontaneity. In VaFL, a 3x5 notecard may be used.