If you suddenly lose your train of thought or draw a complete blank, there are a few you can do to keep from panicking.
1. Pretend like you're pausing on purpose. Walk back and forth slowly, as if you're letting your last point sink in.
2. There is always a joker or popular person who will stand out in the crowd. Stare at someone like this and try to draw a response from him or her while you think.
3. If you need more time to think, you may want to ask the audience a question. Have a few prepared ahead, like "Do you have any questions," or "Can everyone hear me okay?"
4. If you still can't remember what to say, make up a reason to pause the speech. You can say, "I'm sorry, but my throat is very dry. Can I please get a glass of water?" Someone will go to get you a drink, and you will have time to think of two or three points to talk about.
There are a few things you can do to avoid panic and embarrassment.
1. Grab a pen and a piece of paper, whether it is a napkin, envelope, or the back of a piece of paper you have on hand.
2. Feel free to acknowledge that you have not prepared for a speech. Do this in a professional way! This should not be an attempt to garner pity, but rather a way to put yourself and your audience at ease. Then, excuse yourself for a moment and take time to jot down a quick outline. Zone out the audience. They will be okay chatting and sipping water for a minute.
3. Jot down interesting or significant points about your topic, which will be related in some way to the event you're attending. If it is a homework assignment you are