Being put on the spot is not an uncommon situation. Whether you like it or not, there’s a huge possibility that you’ll be placed in unanticipated situations –it may be while attending a meeting, pitching your business, or answering questions after a presentation.
The ability to think on your feet is a skill that’s envied by many because once you master it, you’ll be able to easily turn your thoughts and ideas into a well-structured speech. By doing so, you’ll appear confident, credible, and trustworthy.
If being on the spot makes you feel nervous, here are three tips to help you think on your feet easily.
- Don’t start talking immediately.
More often than not, people feel the need to immediately respond to the question when put on the spot. But really, you’re just setting yourself up for disaster; especially when you open your mouth and you have no idea where your thoughts are going. It doesn’t hurt to pause and take a moment to construct a meaningful answer before you start talking.
- Pause, think, and slow down.
When people are pressured to say something impressive on the spot, hearts beat wildly, thoughts tend to be all over the place, and they tend to speak faster than normal. Don’t hesitate to take your time and slow down to gather your thoughts.
- Ask for more time (without sounding lame).
There may come a time when you’re going to be put on the spot and you honestly don’t have an answer to the question. Don’t be tempted to make up an answer that will only make you look less credible. Instead, ask the person asking the question for more time. Tell them that you’ll come up with an amazing answer after you think about it.
Learning how to think on your feet gives you an advantage not only in public speaking but in everyday life as well. When colleagues, bosses, customers, or even your family members ask you something, you’ll be able to give them a clear, intelligent answer.
If you want to learn more about strategies and techniques in speaking from the stage, how to get speaking gigs, and more, I would highly encourage you to attend Grow Your Speaking Biz Workshop.
In this action-packed workshop, I will cover a broad range of topics on professional speaking. You will learn how to overcome anxiety and fear and know the exact outcome of your presentation every time.