Fourth video of the series where I document my attempt to make it to the Semifinals of the World Championship of Public Speaking.
I finished selecting two topics:
- Being unique
- Be more adventurous
Both are cliche topics, but high level speeches in Toastmasters commonly are. It’s not really about whether the audience has never heard your point before. It’s about the execution of it.
For topic selection, I worked backwards from how most people choose their topics. Instead of just choosing something I want to talk about, I first looked at the stories I had available, then matched them to specific lessons you can glean from them. From there, I chose the lessons I liked the most and explored them as potential topics. I looked at their potential as a topic via propensity to catchphrases, humor, interest, etc.
The outline I wrote for the first speech (being unique) is very barebones. Outlines don’t need to be fancy, they’re just an indication of where you’re going with the speech. No need to nail down any wording or write something extensive.
I wrote the first draft which will be edited many times from now on. As I write, I often put body language or actions in brackets by the words so that I can remember ideas I had for how to present the speech.
In the next episode, we’ll dive into my first draft and I’ll show you some practice.