How to Select the Topic for Your Next Speech or Presentation
When it is your turn to speak the task of picking a topic for your presentation can be paralyzing. What do you do when you want to pick the perfect topic to wow your audience, but all you have is a blank document with a flashing cursor?
Follow these three steps:
Think about your audience:
Who is my audience?
What are they like?
Why are they here (i.e. what is the occasion?)
2. Think about yourself:
About what am I passionate?
What are my talents and areas of expertise?
What have I experienced?
3. Notice the intersections:
Where do your passions, talent, knowledge and/or experience intersect the interests, needs, and make-up of your audience?