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Demystifying Public Speaking by Lara Callender Hogan

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Chapter 2. Choosing A Topic

WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO FOCUS ON in your talk is the product of many things: the content that inspires you, the level of depth you’re comfortable sharing, and what you learn as you take your topic for a test spin with others.

No perfect order of operations exists to picking your talk topic. You might’ve already found a venue to speak at (which we get to in the next chapter), one with its own guidelines on format or topic. Or, maybe you’re starting from scratch, and you’re looking for some parameters to make initial brainstorming sessions as productive as possible. At the end of the day, what we’re aiming for is a fruitful ...

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