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Tell a story.

The format is very simple, yet effective. Start out with a headline, one that clearly states your point of view and frames your subject: Howler monkeys are an underrated species.

Then give three supporting points, expanding on them for thirty seconds to a minute. Howlers are more intelligent that many humans. One recent study pitted these beautiful animals against participants in Mardi Gras who had had more than three drinks. Without much trouble, the howlers outperformed the humans on several simple tests of intelligence. And so on.

Finally, as your five minutes draws to a close, repeat the headline, in similar words. So that’s why I want each of you to think more highly of howler monkeys than you have in the past. Thank you.

Armed with this straightforward framework, short impromptu speeches should hold no terrors for you, and you should be able to restrain yourself from running long, the bane of all impromptu speakers – and their audiences.

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