You are asked a question and you have two minutes to answer.
It is the single most hated part of most toastmaster meetings, but like anything else there is a skill to it.
- Don’t Panic : Yes you’re on the spot, but take a deep breath and ten seconds to think. There is time.
- Take an Angle: Topics are easier if you espouse a viewpoint, it doesn’t have to be what you really feel, it doesn’t have to be true. It’s a two minute answer, tunnel vision is perfectly acceptable.
- Try for Structure: Repeat the question with a different wording, try to make two or three specific points, then conclude. It will reduce your fear and panic, while making you sound more coherent.
- Speak Slowly: It gives you more time to think
And at the end you get to sit down!