“But this topic is boring!”

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“My topic is boring!”


There is a nearly universal fear, especially in the early stages of the speech course, that "my topic is too boring." Don’t feel like the Lone Ranger! The trick is to take something that is potentially boring (and, quite honestly, many topics are potentially boring) and make it interesting.

So, how do I do that?

First, don’t try to say too much about it all at once. Sometimes people think that, if they jam in more information, that will make the topic more interesting, but all it usually accomplishes is to make the speech more superficial. Trying to say more "things" about the topic doesn’t produce more interest. Quite the opposite, in fact. If you can manage to say more, about fewer things, that is, elaborate on fewer main points, you will generally find the audience is engaged by what you say (see the "4Keys" link below).

Second, project enthusiasm. This is much easier if you pick a topic for which you have some interest yourself. What if I’m not interested in anything?

Third, paint pictures with words. Here are 4 Keys for making a speech come alive.