Do you find it difficult to decide on a speech topic? With seemingly endless topics to choose from, choosing a topic to speak on can be remarkably overwhelming. It is the primary step that speakers should take when they have to speak in front of an audience. Many of us take more time to choose a topic than to pen down the whole speech.
If choosing a speech topic is like shooting in a random direction and hoping you hit the target, then this blog is just for you. Here are a few tried and tested tips that are guaranteed to make your task of choosing a speech topic remarkably easier.
Choose a topic that you like or are an expert in
When you choose a topic you like or are an expert in, you will naturally have an emotional connection in your speech. Having an emotional connection will ensure three things. It will:
- Help you deliver an engaging speech
- Help you remember your script
- Help you make your sentences up even if you forget
Understand your Audience
The first thing that you must consider is the type of event you would be speaking in. Is the event formal, informal, or both? Different speaking events have different approaches. Formal events such as meetings, business expos, conventions, etc require using more refined words and statistics. An informal event like a birthday party or a family gathering may induce you to use a casual form of language and include a few jokes. An event that’s a mixture of both forms – like weddings requires you to use a judicious blend of both approaches.
Identifying the tastes and preferences of your audience must be your topmost priority. What is the objective of giving your speech? Is to inform, entertain, or persuade your audience. If the topic you choose is not of interest to the audience, your speech – however magnificently crafted, will fail.
Therefore, aim to choose a topic that the audience can relate to so that they will listen to your speech with rapt attention.
Every speech has a purpose – to inform, to persuade, to motivate, to entertain, you get the gist. Understanding the purpose of your speech will help you in approaching the speech correctly.
- For an informative speech, you should consider providing relevant facts and data about the particular topic.
- For a persuasive speech, you should consider understanding what the audience is looking to solve and provide a solution and remember to have an empathetic approach and convincing evidence such as testimonials, case studies, etc.
- For a humorous speech, consider using anecdotes that are relatable by the audience. Adapt your body language, tone, and delivery accordingly.
- For a motivational speech, consider writing a speech that evokes emotion and stokes your audience’s ego through storytelling. Again, you should put in a conscious effort to learn the essentials of body language and voice modulation, and most importantly, remember to conclude your speech in a way that motivates your audience to take any action.
Keep the topic simple and to the point
In the process of choosing a topic, we all tend to select a topic that is complicated. Choosing a simple topic makes it very easy for an audience of any age to understand, and this makes your topic very relatable. Keeping a simple topic and focusing on your objective makes your job of penning down your speech so much easier as you now have a target to aim at. Structuring your entire speech to then amplify your message would be the best way to move forward.
Choosing a topic need not be a herculean task. In our opinion, there is no ‘best’ speech topic. The best speeches in the world have simple, day-to-day topics that you and I have heard before; but the speaker puts a compelling spin on it and makes it so innovative, fun, and interesting. What you say supersedes the speech topic selection in importance. If what you say and how you say your speech is not up to the mark, then even the best speech topic cannot compensate for the shortcomings. Therefore, don’t focus more on getting your speech topic right; focus more on getting your speech content right.