Any person who’s invited to speak to a group of people may find himself wondering what to speak about. If you are a beginning speaker this is a more common challenge than an experience speaker who is typically asked to speak on their area of expertise.
This will especially apply if you’re in a Toastmasters group or other similar group where you there mainly to hone your public speaking skills. Often you’ll be required to speak on a topic that you’re not intimately familiar with. So where to you come up with speech ideas?
One way is to sit down with a series of questions and use them as thought-starters.
Take some time to review these 18 questions and see if you aren’t a little closer to coming up with some speech topics that are close to your heart:
- What inspires you?
- What motivates you?
- What do you spend time at during the day?
- What do you know a lot about?
- What could you be considered an expert at?
- What do you enjoy writing about?
- What do people call you to talk about?
- What kinds of conventions or tradeshows do you attend?
- What would you do if you knew you would succeed?
- What is your avocation?
- What is your hobby?
- What interests you?
- What topics do you enjoy reading about?
- What topics do you enjoy seeing other people speak about?
- What public TV programs do you gravitate towards?
- What kinds of movies do you watch?
- What do you think is most important for teens to learn?
- What one thing would you like to tell the world before you leave it?
By examining these questions – and your answers – you can find several key topics that inspire you; topics that you’re passionate about, knowledgeable about, interested in and know enough about to put together a great speech about.
So what are you waiting for? Start brainstorming and answering those questions and you’ll soon find your way to more speech topics than you thought possible.