I have to write a speech that should go for a max. of 3 mins, and my topic is on 'The job of my dreams'.I'm planning to elaborate on how the 'job of my dreams' is taken in different contexts, and...

I have to write a speech that should go for a max. of 3 mins, and my topic is on 'The job of my dreams'.

I'm planning to elaborate on how the 'job of my dreams' is taken in different contexts, and how in todays society, not many people fully know what they're workchoices would be. It would be most appreciated if you could tell me how to make it more interesting, and maybe even your experiences in jobseeking and education would be useful to my speech. thank you!

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First of all, keep in mind: three minutes will FEEL like a long time when standing in front of people, however, you cannot put that much information into a mere 3 minute speech.

Public speaking does not have to be something that simply comes naturally in order for a person to be good at it.  I encourage you to remember this simple truth, when it comes to talking in front of crowds and remaining interesting, relevant, and NOT nervous: people like hearing good stories.  And if you HAVE a good story to tell, you will probably enjoy telling it to people who are interested.  Think of times when you were with a group of friends and just dying to tell them a funny or interesting story of something that happened to you.

I don't know if you want to take the topic "Job of MY dreams" and tie in lots of ideas about other people's work choices.  It might get (like the first post said) a little complicated.  Complication will make the speech more difficult.

Treat the speech the same way you would tell a story about yourself to friends.  Make this speech more interesting by making it personal.  Start with a personal story.  I'd even say you can make the personal story half or 2/3 of your entire speech.  Then, land your point at the very end by tying in why YOUR story can be relevant to everyone, or how, in this time of so many not knowing what they want to do or what their options are, you are avoiding that fate by the confidence that the job of your dreams will not pin you in a corner some day... something along those lines.

Have fun with it.  If you are enjoying yourself, your audience will enjoy YOU... and in a speech, that is what you are selling.  You are not selling your topic.  You are selling YOURSELF.  If they like you - they will listen.  :)  Good luck!


Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I certainly think that you have an ambitious approach to the speech.  I would be mindful of the collection of personal narratives in the speech format because three minutes is not a great deal of time to spend recounting others' job experiences.  It might be difficult to also provide a laundry list summary of others' experiences in the time frame.  That being said, I like the idea of not really knowing the work choices out there.  I cannot help but feel that part of this is economic.  The job market for those who enter it today is much different than a decade ago.  The current economic crisis has transformed much of the job market so that people might have to settle in taking what is available as opposed to their "dream job," which might not be present in this configuration.  Perhaps, part of your speech could be devoted to the proverbial battle that job seekers face between having to strive for their dreams in the face of material reality.  This might bring some depth to the topic as it hits at the heart of everyone who has searched for a job and had to take something that they initially felt was not in the interest of their heart, but rather their head.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with the last post.  Three minutes is actually not very long.  I think the best approach would be to be carefully organize, and use your personal experiences as evidence and examples for your points. 

Since you want to personalize the speech, why not focus on three aspects of what makes a job a dream job.  For example, three reasons might be you're passionate about what you do, you feel like you're making a difference, and your job incorporates what you love to do.  You could include examples of each of these elements of your dream job from your real life.

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