How to Choose A Public Speaking Topic

by Kostantinus

Q.I'm little bit confuse to choose topic for my public speaking.

A. It's normal to be confused about how to choose a public speaking topic. It's one of the first things you need to do (you can't write a speech if you don't know the topic!), but no one ever talks about how to go about doing it. Here are some questions that you can ponder to help you in choosing your public speaking topics:

  • What excites you?
  • What kind of big ideas do you think could really work? What kind of things do you think are worth missing food or sleep for? Your answers to these questions will always make good speech topics, because you care about them.
  • What can you talk for hours about?
  • What do you talk about with your friends? What things do you hope people will ask you about? You already have the skills to talk about these things, so it's only a short step to turning them into a speech.
  • What do you enjoy reading about?
  • Anything that you can read about, you can speak about. Even better, the preparation will be enjoyable.

  • What is your audience expecting?
  • It's good to go against expectations to an extent, but do it too much and your audience at best won't listen and at worst won't like you. Understand them, understand what they want, then find something in the same area that you care about, also.

Some courses or people will ask you to give 'persuasive' speeches, or 'expository' speeches... really, however, all speeches in the end are persuasive. You want to persuade your audience to do something. If you're in a class, you want to persuade the teacher to grade you well. So don't worry too much about the category - first get the topic, then the category will fall into place naturally.

For more information, see Speech Topics - Free Public Speaking Topics You Can Use" on this website.

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