Need a Topic? 3 Ways to Figure out your Idea
Are you struggling to find your topic, or narrow down a broad topic with a specific point of view?
You might be overwhelmed with too many ideas OR struggling because you have no ideas at all.
If you’re in the second camp and writer’s block is holding you back, you need look no further than your personal experience to generate ideas.
You have a wealth of stories and life experience to draw on, but where do you start?
Below are 3 of my favorite brainstorming techniques get your creative juices flowing.
PROMPT 1: Write down 3 things you often rant about.
For me, this is bottled water, takeout, and automatic sinks that don’t turn on when they’re supposed to.
PROMPT 2: Write down 3 things you’re passionate about that you’d like to share with your audience.
You’ll often find me talking about are cooking, gardening, and how to make communication more fun
PROMPT 3: Write down 3 things you’d like to learn more about.
If your mind is overflowing with ideas, write down all the possible subjects you’ve thought about giving a talk on. Get them out of your head and onto paper so you can free up head space for the next steps.
You should now have a list of half a dozen or more ideas and can move on to the next step.
Step 2 is to narrow down your ideas, and for some, this is the hardest part.
Circle one or two ideas that jump out at you.
Pick one and write 100 words about it. (Writing 100 words is a good litmus test on whether this is a good topic to pursue.)
Now that you have a topic, Step 3 is to define your objective.
Grab the 4 Steps to a Winning Work Presentation for an easy template.