Stir Up your Juices 🙂
- What occupies your time? Why and how do you enjoy that?
- What are your hobbies?
- What do you enjoy doing together with your friends?
- What do you do at clubs, other voluntary initiatives, or activities?
- What kind of books and readings appeal to you, and why?
- What interests you more about different subjects or topics you learn at school?
- What kind of experiences has stayed close to your heart? What emotions do they inspire in you (happiness, fear, challenge, anxiety, fun, etc.)?
- What worries you? What brings anxiety to you?
- What are your dreams and goals?
- Which movies did you enjoy? Which movies left a lasting impression on you? Why?
- Describe a problem you’ve solved or a question you’d like to explain.
- What were your favorite events (e.g., performances, exhibits, competitions, conferences, etc.) in recent years?
- Did any of the current events intrigue you or make you think?
- Are there any new ideas, topics, or subjects that intrigue you? What are those? Why?
- What brings fun and excitement to your life?
- Is there a belief or idea you have challenged or would like to do so? Why?
Your Speech Project Objective(s)
At Toastmasters, you prepare for a speech to achieve a specific project’s objectives. The speech topic should make it easier for you to accomplish the project objectives.
- If your speech project is about researching a topic:
- Would sharing a personal story help? Probably not, as you won’t have much room to conduct research and use it.
- Would a speech topic on nanotechnology work? Probably yes, since the theme would create an opportunity to research, compile ideas and present them with your speech.
- If your speech project is about using vocal variety:
- Would telling a story help? Probably yes. Voice inflections can help you develop emotional connections; dialogues in your account can easily lend themselves to vocal variety.
- Would sharing a personal experience help? Probably yes.
- Would presenting a technical topic help? Yes, and No.
- Yes, if you consciously attempt to inject passion into your delivery. (It would still be more complex than the first two options.)
- No, if the focus on content removes your emotional ability to engage.
Note: Maintain a speech bank for yourself. Whenever an idea pops in, could you write it down? The speech bank can come in handy while brainstorming speech topics for your next presentation(s).