Just how do you get a good material for writing or speech? It’s a question that’s familiar to everyone. Perhaps, you’ve asked yourself this in speech class, when you had to make the toast when your best friend got married, or when you were asked to address your staff at work.
Even writers, top executives, politicians, and other personalities who do this everyday still encounter this problem. At first, ideas usually pour in easily. But time will come when you’ll feel you have used up what’s in your reservoir. And when that time comes, where should you rummage for novelties and punch lines that will catch your readers’ or audience’s attention? Before your storage runs empty, consistently look at the potential sources listed here. They’re the best bets for your next writing or speech material:
The Man in the Mirror
Yes, that person right there is the best one to start with. But don’t begin to boast about your awards and other accomplishments. Look into your life lessons, your experiences. These usually make the richest foundation for speeches and writings, because you know them deeply in your mind and heart.
Former rugby player Nick Farr-Jones, for instance, now uses his pains and accomplishments in sports to inspire not just athletes but also corporate executives. As mentioned on Platinum Speakers, he still writes about beloved sport, rugby, but also regularly gives motivational speeches to corporations, rugby clubs, and charities. Many athletes are now outstanding speakers, because they’ve had both extraordinary challenges and accomplishments. But you don’t have to be an athlete to speak or write well. You just have to look and think for a moment or two.
You can’t give something that you don’t have, so you need to have some knowledge of what you want to write or talk about. You’ll notice that most, if not all, great writers read a lot in their lifetime. They have a curiosity in them that makes them seek things and, in the process, finish every reading material that they touch – even if it’s just a flyer. Of course, you can also learn and be inspired to write and speak from watching TV shows, movies, and other similar media. But reading gives your mind more room to interpret and imagine. So given a choice between pictures and text, choose the latter if you do want something more to store for your next materials.
This can be a substitute or a supplement for books. Seek other people knowledgeable on the subject you want to talk or write about. You can pick up a detail or two to include in your material. It can be your starting point or your main feature. In addition, you can observe their styles and see which ones work for the audience and which doesn’t.
Have you always wanted to skate but never tried? Is there a museum in the neighborhood you haven’t gone into – ever? Or is there a tempting item in the deli that you’ve always seen but haven’t tasted? Yes? Then perhaps, that’s your answer to what exciting thing you can write or talk about next. If you haven’t made a bucket list yet, maybe it’s time you should.
The Young Ones and the Young Once
If you need to infuse some humor into your writing, talk to the kids or listen to what they say. Engaging a little one in a conversation can lead to unexpected places, from enlightenment to confusion. But it will always give you something to think or laugh about – or both. Also, if you haven’t checked in on your grandma or your grandpa recently, you should. Speaking to your old folks will often give you the same results.
When you think you’ve got nothing to write or talk about. Stop, look, and listen to the things in and around your life. The best materials are often just lying there, waiting for you to pick them up.