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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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