The thought of answering a question at a meeting or having to speak at short notice is something that can cripple some – almost to the point of inability to speak. I’m not going to claim a simple structure will remove all the fear and doubt you may harbour when it comes to impromptu speaking I hope that this structure at least makes it a less nerve racking experience. The structure is Past, Present, Future.
When asked a question, or you are thrown a curve ball see if you can apply the Past, Present, Future structure to your answer. If you can frame your answer in terms of this is what we used to do, this is what we do now, and this is what we’d like to do in the future you will come across as confident and professional. Public speaking is not rocket science, but if you can appear confident and professional when asked to speaking impromptu you’ll be surprised on how quickly you can reach the stars!