Finding The Perfect Topic

This is the fourth post and audio tutorial in my public speaking series.  Last week we looked at audience analysis.  A good speaker analyzes his or her audience before choosing a topic.  To learn more about audience analysis, see: Rule #1: Know Your Audience.


Depending on your audience, you might already know your general topic area.  You might be known as a specialist on a topic and expected to speak on a specific niche.  On the other hand, you might have a wide-open playing field and be expected to choose a topic based on your audience’s interests and beliefs.  That’s why audience analysis is important.

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Save Time By Turning Old Blog Posts Into Solid Content

I’ve spent the last few weeks going deep into the archives of my blog.  I discovered something.  I have A LOT of content.   I studied some of my old blog posts and here’s what I noticed.


Much of that content is good.  Some is weak.  Some content was time sensitive and seemed silly to keep.  I deleted nearly 100 old blog posts out of 750.  Some of my old blog posts, however, are worthy of a second life.

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Rule #1: Know Your Audience

This is the third post and audio tutorial in my public speaking series.  Last week we covered: the ABCs of Creating a Great Speech, an overview of the entire speech-making process.  This week we’ll start looking at each of the ten steps of speech making in more detail, starting with analyzing your audience.


When creating a speech, you should always maintain an audience-centered approach to all phases of the process.

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Adding Photos To Your Blog Through The Creative Commons

You might have noticed I’ve been changing the look of my site lately.  I got rid of the sidebar.  I started capitalizing headlines.  I increased my font size.  And I started using photos.  And I discovered that it’s easy.


In the past, I’ve opted not to use any photos on my site but for my own.  That made for lousy visual appeal.  But I’ve recently started using the Creative Commons.  

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