The Kaleidoscope Method: How to Never Run Out of Things to Say

As someone who does presentations in both his own native language and in other languages, I often wonder what problem or concerns other people face when doing the same thing. 
 
For example,

  1. Worry about making too many grammatical mistakes and looking bad.
  2. Worry about saying the wrong thing or something rude.
  3. Worry about totally forgetting what I was going to say.  

How about you? What is one of the biggest problems you face in doing an English presentation? I would love to hear from you.  Please email me and we can talk about it.
 
By the way, one of the things I do not worry about is running out of material.  I find that one of the hang ups people have is that they talk about a topic and then they think well that is it. I could not talk about that topic again. Everyone has heard everything I had to say about it.  But, is that true?
 
I have what is called the Kaleidoscope (万華鏡) Method.  A Kaleidoscope is a toy that when you turn it a different image appears.  You can turn it as many times as you and you will never get the same thing. The same thing applies to topics as well. You can turn your topic at many different angles and still have a lot different things to say. I feel you can never run out of things to say about any topic. There is always some new angle or story that you can share. What ways can you think of already?
 
There are a variety of ways you could approach this. Here are 12 examples:
 
1)List-type
2)Personal Story
3)Case Study
4)Humor/Parody
5)A Review of someone else work on same subject
6)Commentary on a recent news event
7)Commentary or review of part of the history of the subject
8)Psychology approach
9)A How To
10) The Seasonal Side
11)Contrast
12)Break it Down
 
Let`s look at this in a little more detail.
 
1)List-type
This a simple list of reasons, tips, parts, etc. regarding your topic. Any number will work, but I find that 3, 5, 7 and 10 work well.
 
2)Personal Story
You illustrate a point regarding your topic through a personal story. Leave the explanation of events to a minimum. Try to use five senses to show what is going on.
 
3)Case Study
Find a case study of someone, group, or company that is used the concept that you want to talk about. You can also include data and explain why it worked or didn`t.
 
4)Humor/Parody
You do not have to be serious every time. Why not poke fun of your own subject or the absurdities surrounding it.
 
5)A Review of someone else work on same subject
Point out a book or article that mentions your topic you do commentary or analysis.
 
6)Commentary on a recent news event
Find some recent event that is related to your topic. Please include a detailed summary, and your take on the event.
 
7)Commentary or review of part of the history of the subject
Go over the history of some part of your topic.  Try to bring it alive with storytelling.  In the end, it helps to connect the history with something recent.
 
8)Psychology approach
Look at the psychological aspect of your subject. Many people may have trouble with their own inner game regarding the topic, this could include procrastination, hesitation, etc.
 
9)A How To
You talk about how to do something related to your topic.  Please keep the steps simple. Also, if you have too many “simple” steps, the reader will feel that the process will be difficult. So, keep the number of step small as well.
 
10) The Seasonal Side
You can connect your topic to something that is seasonal. This could a major holiday like New Years, Christmas, etc. or some minor one.
 
11)Contrast
Compare and contrast two subjects that includes your topic. You could take two opposing viewpoints, two contrasting methods, etc.
 
12)Break it Down
Take one part of your topic and dig really deep into that one part.
 
So, now that you have taken a look at these twelve categories, try to think of titles of your favorite topic. I have included examples, using one of my favorite topics the ketogenic diet (ケトン食療法)
 
My Topic: ketogenic diet
Your Topic:
 
1)List-type:
My Title: Top 3 reasons Ketogenic Diet is Good for You!
Your Title:
 
2)Personal Story
My Title:How I Started, Struggled with, and Stuck with the Ketogenic Diet
Your Title:
 
3)Case Study
My Title: 86'sers Professional Basketball and the effect of the Ketogenic Diet on their performance
Your Title:
 
4)Humor/Parody
My Title: Eat Sugar and Die!: When you know you have been on the Ketogenic Diet for too long
Your Title:
 
5)A Review of someone else work on same subject
 My Title: A Review of "Cancer as a Metabolic Disease": A new insight on cancer and the Ketogenic Diet
Your Title:
 
6)Commentary on a recent news event:
My Title: New Study shows Ketogenic Diet helps reverse some symptoms from Kakubi Syndrome
Your Title:
 
7)Commentary or review of part of the history of the subject
My Title: Out of Atkins: The way the Ketogentic Diet Has Evolved
Your Title:

8)Psychology approach
My Title: John`s Emotional Rollercoaster of going on the Ketogenic Diet
Your Title:
 
9)A How To
My Title: How to stay on the Ketogenic Diet even when you`re on the road.
Your Title:
 
10 ) The Seasonal Side
My Title: Surviving Thanksgiving with the Ketogentic Diet
Your Title:
 
11)Contrast
My Title: The difference between those strange diets: Vegan, Ketogentic, And Paleo
Your Title:
 
12)Break it Down
My Title: The Keto in Ketogenic Diet
Your Title:
Etc.
 
As you can see there are a variety of ways you can look on just one topic. So, what would be the one thing you would want to talk about? 
After you go through the exercise above, please tell me your own examples, because I would be happy to hear them you may even make ones better than these! If you want to get more articles like this in your mailbox please subscribe!