I'm not much on public speaking, which may sound strange to some of you who know of my love for community theatre. However, that's different....that's not ME in front of people. That's Annie from "Calendar Girls" or Clairee from "Steel Magnolias". And, it never bothered me standing in front of my preschoolers when I taught or when I was doing story time as a children's librarian. But.. put me in front of a group of my peers (classes in college, workshops, etc.) and my mouth would go dry, my hands would tremble, and my stomach would churn. Valium was my friend.
Saying that to say this... if I HAD to give an impromptu about something.. the first thing I would do is pretend I was someone who knew what they were talking about, try to picture my audience sitting criss-cross-applesauce, and talk about whatever it is. I know a little bit about a lot of things... I love talking about the theare, books, my grandkids, the ability the internet has given us (especially in these times) to reconnect on a new level with people we love....or, if they would let me write it out ahead of time (even a couple of minutes)...I can probably come up with something (there's a reason I loved discussion questions in school).
But...really impromptu.. like... "stand up now and talk about...".... I'm not sure I could do it. How about you?