The impromptu speech will test your ability to think quickly on your feet. Click here for the list of impromptu topics. Pick three categories that interest you. Study each topic under all three categories by reading an encyclopedia article for each. Don't get too involved here. I don't expect you to do heavy research on these; only enough to give you a conversational knowledge of the topic. Volunteer for an impromptu round when you feel ready (or at least willing!) to go.
On the day of your speech you will pick a single card from three decks of your choosing. From the three cards, speak on the one with which you feel most comfortable. If none of them appeals to you, just choose the lesser of evils and run with it! You now have a total of 6 minutes to prepare and deliver the speech. Try splitting your time right down the middle: 3 minutes prep time and 3 minutes for your speech. There is no critique sheet for the impromptu speech, and you have nothing to hand in.
You will be graded on the basis of the following criteria: