You may not know how to speak on any topic in English despite having good command of English language. However, you can speak on a couple of topics without preparation if you possess the right to speak.
When you start learning English, you want to speak on different topics to leave a lasting impression.
Failing to do so, you feel frustrated and incapable. You might curse your atmosphere or teacher.
Anyway, that is not going to benefit you.
I am giving you a couple of tips so that you know with absolute clarity how to speak on a topic with authority.
How to Speak on Any Topic in English Easily
Please keep in mind that the command of English does not mean that you will be able to speak or present any given topic in English.
Suppose, you want to talk on ‘Air traffic control’ before a group of audience; Forget about your command of the English language; can you even present this topic in your mother tongue?
Can you speak on the nuances of missile technology as you have been listening about missiles for years?
The reality is that most of us will not be able to present this topic in any given language unless we have some experience or background in ‘air traffic control.’
Good English speaking skills don’t mean that you will be able to present all topics
You might lose confidence if someone tells you to speak on ‘air traffic control’.
Before you lose self-confidence, you need to ask yourself:
Can other literate and erudite people speak on this topic?
One of your teachers has excellent English communication skills, and you have seen her discussing a variety of subjects assertively.
You request her to present this topic called ‘air traffic control.
You could bet she will not be able to present this topic in English or in other language unless she got some experience or research on this topic.
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First Improve Spoken English Skills to Discuss Different Topics
When you learn your mother tongue, you happen to learn the easiest thing to start with.
Later, you begin speaking and discussing different social and other topics.
Then you start talking, debating technical topic also.
Can you imagine learning your mother tongue starting with topics missile technology, cooking, nuances of effective communication skills, teaching pedagogy and so on?
Many students think they need some serious or technical topics for speaking English.
The truth is that you start speaking a language fluently and confidently; you can present any topic in English provided you know that topic well.
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How to Give a Presentation in English
If you can speak English well and want to present a topic, you should have some knowledge, experience or research of that topic.
You cannot give a presentation in English proficiently without the adequate knowledge of a topic even if you are expert at speaking English.
Suppose, you want to talk on corporal punishment, and you have a little idea about this topic, you can watch talk shows, debate shows, and some experts speaking on this topic to equip yourself with better vocabulary and rich content.
Here are the links of a couple of videos on corporate punishment:
- Sadhguru on punishment of school children
- How do you handle teenagers
- 10 ways to discipline your children
- Corporal punishment
- Your children are not your children
- About the relationship between children and parents
- Bringing up the children
- How do you handle teenagers
Make sure, you watch these videos 3-4 times and take note of ideas, concepts, and new vocabulary.
Now, you know how to speak on any topic in English.
By following these topics, you will be able to speak on the topic you were not able to present earlier.
Apply these ideas to get the best result because bare understanding cannot transform you.
Once you follow and understand the above points, you will be able to speak on any topic in English.
You might want to know how to speak about yourself in English in a meeting or interviews.
Remember, you can always speak on the topic you know well.
You can easily speak about your family, personal experience, your company, and many other things because you know those topics well.
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How to Start a Presentation
When you start a presentation, you want to grab the attention of your audience.
You can easily grab the attention of people by asking a relevant question.
When you ask question, people automatically start considering the right answer. Hence, many speakers ask meaningful question to attract attention.
You can also use a story or personal experience that resonates with your topic.
Once you are able to grab the attention of your audience, you need to contribute your best so that they consider you a trusted advisor.
If your only objective is attraction the attention, you are bound to fail.
How to Speak on Any Topic without Preparation
If you want to speak on a topic without preparation, you need understand the meaning of ‘Right to Speak.’
‘Right to Speak’ means you have knowledge, research, or experience of the topic you want to present or explain.
Whenever you get an opportunity to present a topic, always consider if you have the ‘Right to Speak’ to present the topic.
If you are familiar with the topic it means you have the right to speak.
If you know nothing about the topic, you don’t possess the right to speak, and you should say ‘NO’ to the opportunity.
If you don’t know the topic and want to present it confidently, you need to prepare it well to earn the ‘Right to Speak’.
Here are a couple of topics where possess the right to speak:
- Introducing yourself
- Your job profile
- Your father and mother
- A mistake you don’t’ want to repeat
- A decision you are proud of
- A memorable incident in your school or college
You can easily explain these topics well since you are familiar with these topics.
On the contrary, you may not be able to present the following topics unless you have read or researched these topics:
- Missile Technology
- Robotic Engineering
- Amazon Rainforest
If you want to present a topic that you are not familiar with, you should always prepare it thoroughly.
However, I don’t suggest you to start with topics where you don’t have the ‘Right to Speak’.
Being a beginner, you can start speaking English with topics you are already familiar with.
This approach will help you develop English speaking skills faster.
Now, you are ready to speak English well.
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