When you review your short list of finalists there may be one topic that just leaps out at you, you find yourself naturally bonding with it and the speech is beginning to write itself in your mind.When this happens you have hit the jack pot and the speech writing process can commence.It can save embarrassment on stage and can really help narrow down your search for the right topic.
There is a limited time to prepare a speech and yet a disproportionate chunk of this time gets absorbed in trying to nail down the best speech topic.
This then has a negative knock on effect on writing the speech and the quality of practice achievable given the limited time left.
During this step the brainstorming is kicking in and the ideas are starting to bob up to the surface.
Picking the right topic means it needs to be relevant. Has there has been an explosion of media on a particular topic that is of interest to both you and your audience?
No matter what you call it, impromptu public speaking terrifies many people.
For some people the idea puts them off trying any form of public speaking and for others who are comfortable with formal presentations often they still find the impromptu element, the unplanned and unrehearsed, extremely daunting.
At this stage you need to go with your gut instinct and not spend hours debating.
A decision now must be made and then you need to stick to it.
This can be as simple as the one reason why they are all sitting in the same room listening to you.
Common characteristics can include but are not limited to – age, gender, beliefs, seniority, education, hobbies, experience, ethnicity and employment. Bearing in mind the nature of the speaking event and your audience, what relevant topics are of personal interest to you?