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18 ways to think about conversation starters

Anyone who is invited to speak to a group of people may find themselves wondering what to talk about. If you are a beginning speaker, this is a more common challenge than an experienced speaker who is typically asked to speak about their area of ​​expertise.

This will especially apply if you are in a Toastmasters group or other similar group where you are primarily to hone your public speaking skills. Often times, you will be asked to speak about a topic that you are not familiar with. So where do you come up with your speech ideas?

One way is to sit down with a series of questions and use them as thought starters.

Take some time to review these 18 questions and see if you’re not a little closer to finding some speech topics that interest you:

  1. What inspires you?
  2. What motivates you?
  3. What do you spend time on during the day?
  4. What do you know a lot about?
  5. In what can be considered an expert?
  6. What do you like to write about?
  7. What do people call you to talk about?
  8. What kinds of conventions or trade shows do you attend?
  9. What would you do if you knew you would be successful?
  10. What is your hobby?
  11. What is your Hobbie?
  12. What interests you?
  13. What topics do you like to read about?
  14. What topics do you like to see other people talk about?
  15. What public television programs do you gravitate to?
  16. What kind of movies do you watch?
  17. What do you think is most important for teens to learn?
  18. What would you like to say to the world before you leave it?

By examining these questions, and their answers, you can find several key themes that inspire you; topics that you are passionate about, that interest you, that interest you and that you know enough to prepare a great speech.

So, what are you waiting for? Start brainstorming and answering those questions, and you’ll soon find your way to more talking points than you ever thought possible.

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