Toastmaster Advanced Boot Camp 2011<br />Shahnaz Davachi, Ph.D, ACS, ALB<br />Area Governor, Area 10, Division G<br />
Choosing Great Speech Topics<br />
WorkshopObjectives<br /><ul><li> To enhance participants’ skills in selecting </li></ul>   great  speech topics<br /><ul><...
 And......anything else you want to discuss</li></li></ul><li>Workshop Outline<br /><ul><li> HOW to select speech topics: ...
 WHEN/WHERE to use speech topics
 Putting learning to practice: interactive </li></li></ul><li>Tips and Techniques<br />
Know your audience<br /><ul><li> What they want to know?
 What are their needs?
 What are their interests?
 What is their age, gender?
 What is their educational </li></ul>   level?<br />
Choose a topic that you are <br />passionate about<br />
Talk about what you know<br />
Speak to Learn<br />
Look for timely topics<br />
Be creative<br /><ul><li>Step outside of your comfort zone
 Try fresh topic ideas </li></li></ul><li>Look for topic ideas in <br />all the wrong places<br />
Avoid highly complex topics<br />
Avoid sensitive topics<br />
Choose diverse topics <br />
What to talk about?????<br />
Popular Speech <br />Topic Categories<br />
People... and beyond<br /><ul><li>You: many aspects of your life
 Other people
 Pets, animals
 Forests
 Aliens
 Germs</li></li></ul><li>Processes<br /><ul><li> Shopping
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  1. 1. Toastmaster Advanced Boot Camp 2011<br />Shahnaz Davachi, Ph.D, ACS, ALB<br />Area Governor, Area 10, Division G<br />
  2. 2. Choosing Great Speech Topics<br />
  3. 3. WorkshopObjectives<br /><ul><li> To enhance participants’ skills in selecting </li></ul> great speech topics<br /><ul><li> To stimulate interactive discussions and </li></ul> facilitate mutual learning<br /><ul><li> To have fun with selecting speech topics
  4. 4. And......anything else you want to discuss</li></li></ul><li>Workshop Outline<br /><ul><li> HOW to select speech topics: simple tips </li></ul> & techniques<br /><ul><li> WHAT to talk about: speech topic categories
  5. 5. WHEN/WHERE to use speech topics
  6. 6. Putting learning to practice: interactive </li></li></ul><li>Tips and Techniques<br />
  7. 7. Know your audience<br /><ul><li> What they want to know?
  8. 8. What are their needs?
  9. 9. What are their interests?
  10. 10. What is their age, gender?
  11. 11. What is their educational </li></ul> level?<br />
  12. 12. Choose a topic that you are <br />passionate about<br />
  13. 13. Talk about what you know<br />
  14. 14. Speak to Learn<br />
  15. 15. Look for timely topics<br />
  16. 16. Be creative<br /><ul><li>Step outside of your comfort zone
  17. 17. Try fresh topic ideas </li></li></ul><li>Look for topic ideas in <br />all the wrong places<br />
  18. 18. Avoid highly complex topics<br />
  19. 19. Avoid sensitive topics<br />
  20. 20. Choose diverse topics <br />
  21. 21. What to talk about?????<br />
  22. 22. Popular Speech <br />Topic Categories<br />
  23. 23. People... and beyond<br /><ul><li>You: many aspects of your life
  24. 24. Other people
  25. 25. Pets, animals
  26. 26. Forests
  27. 27. Aliens
  28. 28. Germs</li></li></ul><li>Processes<br /><ul><li> Shopping
  29. 29. Leadership
  30. 30. Teamwork
  31. 31. Renovations
  32. 32. Recipes
  33. 33. Witchcraft
  34. 34. Science
  35. 35. Technology</li></li></ul><li>Places<br /><ul><li> Countries
  36. 36. Museums
  37. 37. Under sea
  38. 38. Outer Space</li></li></ul><li>Events<br /><ul><li> Travel
  39. 39. Sports
  40. 40. Ceremonies
  41. 41. Holidays
  42. 42. Family gatherings</li></li></ul><li>Things....almost everything!<br />Languages<br />Books<br />Health<br />Illness<br />Movies<br />Science<br />Culture<br />Education<br />Fairy tails<br />Stories<br />Wine<br />Food<br />Music<br />colors<br />Feelings<br />Money<br />
  43. 43. Selecting the “right” <br />topic for a “right” project<br />
  44. 44. Group Discussion<br />How do you choose your <br />topics for speech projects?<br />
  45. 45. Identify the purpose and specific <br />objectives of your speaking project<br /><ul><li>To inform?
  46. 46. To entertain?
  47. 47. To demonstrate?
  48. 48. To motivate? call for action?
  49. 49. To persuade?
  50. 50. To Inspire?
  51. 51. To dramatize? with words, </li></ul> body gestures? your voice? <br /><ul><li> Stimulate the imagination?</li></li></ul><li>For example:<br /><ul><li>Organize your speech
  52. 52. Speaking to inform
  53. 53. Research
  54. 54. PPT presentation
  55. 55. Specialty speeches
  56. 56. Speaking </li></ul> to inform<br /><ul><li> Persuasive
  57. 57. Get to the point
  58. 58. Organize your </li></ul> speech<br /><ul><li> Your body </li></ul> speaks<br /><ul><li> Story telling
  59. 59. Vocal variety
  60. 60. Humorous </li></ul> speech<br /><ul><li> Demonstration </li></ul> speech<br /><ul><li> Persuade
  61. 61. Dramatize
  62. 62. Speaking to inform
  63. 63. Humorous speech
  64. 64. Radio talk show</li></li></ul><li>Reflections...<br />Everything has a <br />meaning if <br />you can only find it<br />

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