I just went through a round of campaign speeches at my University for Class Council positions. I am always intrigued by the wide range of presentations. Some students appear to have actually put some time into it.
I wish I could have just a minute prior to the speeches with all of the candidates. I know that they aren't all polished speakers and that everyone gets a little nervous (or a LOT nervous) when they have to get up in front of people.
I would simply say...
Whenever students begin a speech with one of these statements or a similar one, I have one prediction: pain.
It creates an awkward moment between the speaker and audience. It usually leads to rambling, then to false endings, and then to...well...pain (at least I feel it).
I think the best thing that a person can do if they're unprepared is to stand up in front of their peers and say this:
I would probably stand up and cheer if I heard a speech like that.