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Public Speaking Brainstorming Tips

Public Speaking Brainstorming Tips

Can’t figure out what to say for your next presentation or speech? Get the ideas flowing before trying to write the whole speech. Once you get started, you’ll find it hard to stop. Use these public speaking brainstorming tips to figure out what you want to say.

Use the following 7 public speaking brainstorming tips to break your writer’s block:

1. Dump it all out

Set a timer for 20 or 30 minutes. Then start writing. Don’t stop. Can’t think of anything? Write about writer’s block. But just keep writing.

2. The web

Just like in middle and high school. Start with your central idea in the middle and then start branching out to sub ideas and then to sub-sub-ideas and then to sub-sub-sub-ideas and then to…well, you get the picture.

3. Word association

If you’re really stuck and can’t even put a sentence together, just start listing out every word and phrase associated with what you want to say. Eventually, something will spark and the ideas will all link together.

4. Research

Read articles and white papers, watch videos, call experts. Someone, somewhere, has already thought about what you want to say.

5. Watch other presentations and speeches

Youtube and Vimeo are full of great presentations and speeches. Watch them and become inspired.

6. Talk it out with someone

Find someone else and just talk out what you want to say and what you are having trouble trying to figure out. Once you start talking, the ideas will start flowing.

7. Take a break

Tried everything from ideas 1-6?
Go take a shower, take a walk, watch a movie, or drink a beer. Just let your conscious mind rest and your sub-conscious will get to work.

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