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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:

  1. 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?

  • Speak here!


Still stuck?


A simple Google search can be surprisingly helpful in getting the ball rolling. Find helpful lists of topics here, here, and here.

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