How Do You Select a Topic For Your Next Speech?


There are three rules to keep in mind when selecting topics for any speech that you are required to give.  Here are the three rules to keep in mind:

#1:  Choose A Topic That You’re Passionate About
Passionate speakers can inspire passion in audiences who would have offered none with another speaker in front of them.  You will smile more, come across more excited, inspire your audience to engage, and you will deliver a more powerful presentation.

#2:  Choose A Topic That You Know A Lot About
By picking a topic where you are an expert, you will feel more comfortable, confident, and you will command the room.  Commanding the room is extremely important and the first steps to getting this done are being comfortable and confident in the front of the room

#3:  Choose A Topic That Your Audience Is Interested In
With extremely good speakers, the first two tips are usually enough to turn even an uninterested audience into an engaged one.  However, there is nothing easier than talking to a crowd who already has a built-in interest in your topic.  You will get more crowd interaction, you will be more confident, and the group who you are presenting for will be much happier at the end.

Those are my three suggestions for choosing a topic.  I hope that helps.  Good luck out there!

Todd Hagopian

Please follow the conversation on quora.com:  http://www.quora.com/What-tips-do-you-have-when-selecting-your-speech-topics/answer/Todd-Hagopian

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About Todd Hagopian (@ToddHagopian)

Todd Hagopian received his BA from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Political Science. After graduation, he worked as a Financial Advisor and a Bank Manager before returning to school. He attended Michigan State University, where he completed an MBA with a double-major in Finance and Marketing. Todd is now a Senior Product Development Manager for a Fortune 500 company. He frequently writes about business issues, social media strategy, and political issues that he finds important. Enjoy the blog!

Posted on September 23, 2011, in Executive Presence and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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