So, it happened. A speaker cancelled due to weather, the flu or some other calamity. The event planner is desperately looking around for some one as a replacement. You immediately raise your hand and say that you will do it. The event planner looks grateful and thanks you.
It is now 12 pm and you have to give that talk at 10 am the very next day. You think to yourself, "Now what am I going to do?" This is the big question isn`t it. It is a great feeling that you can come in to save the day, but if you screw up you will not be invited again. So, what are you to do?
Three basic things.
- Plan your speech
- Write & Edit your speech
- Practice your speech
In the first phase there are also three parts.
- Brainstorm possible topics
- Write out a basic logic tree
- Write an outline
It Starts With A Tree
Let`s suppose you do not have to do much brainstorming on what broad topic you will talk about. That is already given to you. It will be cryptocurrency. That is a big topic. You could talk about any number of cryptocurrencies themselves, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Neo, etc. You could also talk about the blockchain, ICOs, smart contracts, day trading, setting up a wallet, and the list goes on and on. This could leave you with a big problem. A long meandering speech with no structure. So, we need some kind of structure. The first and easiest is the logic tree. Like so:
Then you pick three topics. Those three topic do not have to cover all of your topic. You can just talk about any three elements you think you can talk intelligently about. So lets look at a couple of examples
In this example you could talk about the three major crypto currencies.
Here is just three different topics. They don`t have to be directly related, but having a speech about three things under one umbrella, it all seems to fit together.
Here is a series of subtopics around a specific technology of cryptocurrency. It is just as easy to go deep as it is to go broad.
Again, you can go in many different directions. If you have a tree, it becomes easier to organize your thoughts and put something together that makes sense for listeners. You give it a try and let me know how it worked for you!