Here’s one of the handouts we give in the program we offer on Public Speaking… it’ll be very helpful to spend 10 minutes going over this and jotting down your thoughts before you begin preparing content for your speech or presentation.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Who is your audience?
- What are the objectives/aims of this talk?
- What outcome do I want? Is there an action you want the listeners to take? Is there an emotion you want them to feel?
- What will be interesting and engaging for the audience?
- Can you think of looking at the topic from a different perspective? (I.e., changing the meaning of the topic.
For example, for a topic such as “Role of youth in Politics,” if you hate Politics, you could talk about the following: (a) What does the youth feel about Politics, why they are apathetic/involved, what they should do to understand the importance of being involved,” etc. (b) How the youth are consuming political news and issues through Social Media… cases where people were beaten up or killed because of what they wrote online, etc. (c) Why the women are discriminated against, why aren’t there enough women in Politics – the issues they face at the early stages in life, gender bias and how it causes obstacles in disengaging half the population which comprises women.
(For your public speaking, it’s extremely important that you try to pick topics and things that you connect with and feel strongly about.)
Organising your ideas and getting into the depth of the content:
- What will add value to the audience? Is there anything new/unique you can talk about? Can you remove everything they already know and wouldn’t be interested in hearing?
- Impose a structure: beginning, middle and end
- What is the logical sequence for the topic you want to cover and can you develop a road map or story to help the audience navigate the presentation with you?
- Use the ‘beginning’ to gain audience attention, but make sure it is pertinent to your argument
- startling fact/opinion
- picture/video sequence/sound
- Make points within the ‘middle’ clear, well defined and neatly linked.
- The ‘end’ section is your ‘take-home-message’. What do you want your audience to remember? What’s your main message? Is it connected to your introduction?
- How will you recap your points, then make the transition to the next section of the presentation?
The above should be a great starting point to prepare your content.