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Finding the Right Topic

By: Amy Gordon

August 16, 2017

Finding the Right Topic should always be audience-centered. When searching for a topic for an upcoming speech or presentation, you might ask yourself—what would I like for the audience to gain from this topic? Is the topic relevant to the audience? How can this topic impact the audience’s life for the better? Once you’ve answered these questions you will be better prepared to narrow your focus.  When speaking in public, use the time to empower vs. solely providing information to your audience. Topics should be relevant, interesting and unique.

As you begin to think about an appropriate topic, consider your personal interests and familiar subjects.  

These might include:  
•    Current environment
•    Hobbies
•    Organizations
•    Passions
•    Career options

To enhance your credibility as a speaker, research your topic from a variety of sources, ensuring accuracy.  
•    Websites
•    Library
•    Magazines
•    Books/Bookstore

Additional assistance in finding the right topic can be found by clicking one of the links below:
•    Toastmaster’s Finding the Right Topic
•    4 Steps to Finding the Right Speech Topic


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By: Amy Gordon

August 16, 2017