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Speaker, Leader, Champion: Succeed at Work Through the Power of Public Speaking, featuring the prize-winning speeches of Toastmasters World Champions by Ryan Avery, Jeremey Donovan

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CHAPTER 1

Selecting a Topic

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TIP 1: Speak to serve.

Second only to managing fear, selecting a compelling topic is your biggest challenge. Even world champion Lance Miller (2005)* was not immune: “When I was trying to find messages to use as speech topics, I was so frustrated because nothing really bad had ever happened to me. I came from a good family; I had a good education; I had good jobs. Where is the inspiration in that?” Lance’s question reveals that purpose selection precedes topic selection.

There are striking parallels between finding your professional purpose and finding the purpose of a speech. Nearly every book or article ever written ...

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