Thinking on Your Feet

Published: Jan 24, 2019
Modified: Mar 19, 2019

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When you're asked to say a few words at the last minute or give an "impromptu" presentation, you need a set of tools that you can call upon at a moment's notice—a "cheat sheet"—for just such emergencies. This Webcast gives you useful tips for handling what to say in those situations when you weren't planning on saying anything at all.We’ve all been there. At an important business meeting you’re quickly introduced to four potential clients and within seconds your brain takes a hike and you forget their names.

Or how about this one? The big boss recognizes you in front of the whole department with an award for a job well done and all you can think to say in response is “Golly, thanks a lot.” Or—most terrifying of all—you hear the words, “Speech! Speech!” and realize that it is you the group wants to hear say a few words.

These and other “impromptu” situations require different skills from those usually associated with making a presentation.

Since you don’t have the time to prepare in advance, you need a set of tools that you can call upon at a moment’s notice—a sort of communication “cheat sheet” stored in your brain for just such emergencies. This webcast gives you useful tips for handling what to say when you weren’t planning on saying anything at all.

Join us to get a wealth of powerful advice and specific techniques including:

• What to say when introduced to someone you’ve never met
• Learn an easy way to remember someone’s name—forever
• How to give a compliment or praise that endears you to the other person
• Guidelines for being able to speak impromptu when called upon
• How to create a mental slide show to speak without notes
• Gracious words to use when accepting an award
• A simple formula for introducing a speaker
• The secrets of giving a memorable toast
• How to handle difficult questions and react confidently to criticism


Brent Baer is the founder and owner of Baer Essentials, a communication consulting firm. For over 15 years, Brent has provided strategic consulting, training, and coaching services to professionals and organizations. He has advised leaders at companies ranging from Troutman Sanders to Glaxo SmithKline, from JP Morgan Chase to AOL. Currently, Mr. Baer serves as a Professor of Public Speaking at Yeshiva University in NYC.