If you are considering becoming a professional speaker, then one of the most critical exercises you must take on is finding your speech topic. 

Why is this so important?

Your speech topic is your brand identity and is what people will remember you as. Just think about Arnold Schwarzenegger for a moment. What is he remembered as?

“I’ll be back”

Your speech topic is what is going to define you as a professional speaker which means that you must think through this so that you understand how you want to position yourself in the industry.

And the first place you must start with this is by understanding your personal story.

Your Personal Story

When it comes to identifying your speech topic, how your personal story relates to it is critical so that you come off as being authentic. If you look at some of the greatest motivational speakers, you will see that their story is connected to their speech topic.

Here is how to identify which story you should use:

Make an inventory of your personal stories. You know–the anecdotes you enjoy telling your friends and family. You’ll be surprised at how many interesting topics you’ll come up with. 

I often hear people say, “I’d like to speak in public, but I really don’t know what to talk about.” Not a problem! Anyone who wants to write a speech has a personal treasure trove of stories at hand. 

All you have to do is find the stories within your own mind. They’re part of your personal history. Never underestimate the value of your life experiences! Your memories contain dozens of anecdotes that are worth telling. Your misfortunes teach many of life’s lessons, and your successes can bring hope to others. 

There’s a great advantage to using your personal stories: they can be told without any formal preparation. Why is that? Because you know the stories thoroughly, having recounted them during family gatherings or with friends. 

While the material we need may be close at hand, we forget to use it when we sit down to write, simply because we haven’t actually made a list. 

Here’s what I suggest: 


Make a list of all the personal stories that come to mind. You don’t actually need to write the stories themselves because you’re so familiar with them already. A few words will do. For example: “Bitten by neighbour’s dog.” 


Write everything down. Also, note all the anecdotes you don’t want to tell in public. Just use some kind of code so no one will recognize the story. It’s important to write everything down because a story you want to keep secret may lead to another story that is appropriate to tell. 


During your next conversation you’ll most likely hear something that triggers a memory from your past. That’s when the notebook and pen come in handy. Write the story immediately, and add it to your list later on. 

A great many personal stories are stored in your memory. All you need is to find a way to retrieve them and incorporate them into a list. You can then look up a story the next time you’re searching for a speech topic. Furthermore, you don’t have to limit yourself to your own personal stories. Your parents, grandparents and friends also have great stories 

that you could add to your list. 

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If you are planning to buy a hearing aid, you will also have to compare its features in order to decide which device offers the best bang for the buck.

And if you have no idea as to which features these devices should have, then this post is for you. Below, we list six features you must look out for when buying hearing aids.

Noise Reduction

If you will be spending too much time in areas where there can be a lot of background noise, then a noise reduction feature is a necessity when you purchase a hearing aid. This feature will help the device identify static voices which have a constant pitch, and suppresses them so that you are not disturbed by such unnecessary sounds.

Speech Enhancement

Another feature to watch out for is speech enhancement. This will allow the device to identify dynamic sounds, which constantly vary in pitch and tone, and enhances it so that you can hear that specific sound much more clearly. So, if you participate in many business meetings, then this feature can help you hear the other parties clearly, helping you communicate with them better.

Feedback Cancellation

Feedback effects can be extremely annoying since you will essentially be hearing the same sound over and over again. To avoid such issues, make sure that the hearing aid comes with feedback suppression features. Such solutions work by canceling the feedback signal by creating an opposite signal.


Hearing aids can have many channels. And the number of channels you will need will depend on the severity of the hearing problem. If you are suffering from a highly complex hearing issue where you have difficulty in hearing noises from a wide range of the hearing frequency spectrum, then you may need a device with a high number of channels. In contrast, if your hearing is only affected to just one end of the spectrum, then you will not need too many channels on the device.

Wind Suppression

If you are involved in professions like surfing, cycling, hiking etc. where you will constantly have to face winds hitting your face, then you definitely have to look out for the wind suppression feature. As the name suggests, it cancels out the strong sounds of the wind, enabling you to hear other sounds clearly. And if you work in teams when surfing on cycling, the wind suppression feature will help you hear them better.

Phone Compatibility

Make sure that the hearing aid you purchase is fully compatible with your phone. If there are any compatibility issues, you will have a hard time using your phone with the hearing aid switched on.

So, if you have done your hearing test and are looking to buy a hearing aid, make sure that the device you buy has some or all of the above features.