How to Get Started On Speaking When You Don’t Know What to Speak About

Now what?

You and I both know that you want to get started as a speaker which is why you’re here.

But the problem is, you don’t know what to speak about.

Isn’t it ironic?

We think about a million things everyday but if someone asks about one particular thing, our mind goes completely blank.

That could be a lost opportunity for you, as an aspiring speaker.

Your mind could go blank while talking to an event organizer and she’s looking for speakers for her next conference.

If this hasn’t happened yet, that’s great! I hope it never does.

If you think about it, there are literally a million things to talk about and might be able to inspire your audience to do what they want to do.

I mean, we’re speakers, we want to be heard and known for our unique voice.


Here’s a little list I provided on how to get started as a speaker and some suggestions on what to speak about (don’t be limited to this list! I could have missed some very important items):


1) Ask yourself these questions: What am I good at? What do I like to do? What do people ask me for advice in?

I would suggest opening a word document or anything similar to that so you could write down the answers for each question.

Also, Google is your friend here.

You could search for all the different kinds of hobbies and interests in the world if you ever forgot the things you’ve done.

Using me as an example, I would say that I love travel, business, and charity. I am good at taking Instagram photos of different buildings and landscapes (hey, it’s a real talent), and people ask me for advice in public speaking, or how to start a business, and where to go when traveling.


2) Ask yourself, “What have I been awarded for?”

If you’ve won a competition, received trophies, or any form of recognition, you could share about those too!

Let’s say you won in a robotics competition.

You could speak about the winning strategies they could use, or how to build the perfect robot for them, or simply share about the whole journey leading up to winning the competition.

You could even go beyond that by talking about brand new tactics that haven’t been used yet!

I’ve been awarded for winning some bowling tournaments, so if anyone needs me to speak on the subject, I could talk about the basics of bowling or how to play like a pro.

There’s an endless list, you just have to do your research.


3) Talk about what drives you/ Your life purpose.

This is perfect if you’re someone who prefers to give long talks because this is speaking from your core.

This is the basis of why you do everything you do, so it could take up to a few hours of talking.

If you notice, talking about your motivations even with friends give you a sense of fulfillment and you want to keep talking about it.

What more if it’s given to an audience who is actually eager to what you want to say?


These are only a few of the things you could talk about as a speaker who is starting out.

As you get better, you can get into detail with those topics or explore subjects you never thought of speaking about.

The rule though, is to speak about something you enjoy.

If you only speak about something for the sake of speaking, then you’re missing the whole point.


So get going and let me know what kind of topics you’re going to speak about on the comments below!


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2017-08-15T05:27:31+00:00 By |Categories: Presentation Advice|0 Comments

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Nicah Caramba is the founder of Today I'm Changing. She is an entrepreneur who is passionate about self-improvement, travel and Japanese food. She is constantly looking for ways to make progress daily to achieve personal growth that creates impact on others.

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