To create change you need to communicate your issue

 

Giving a talk to a group of people can educate others and encourage them to support you. There are lots of organisations or groups who may be interested in having you at one of their meetings for example a church, other faith groups, the Women’s Institute, a local residents’ association or a local school.

A common mistake when giving a talk is to try to tell people absolutely everything about an issue – this isn’t very helpful and the audience are unlikely to remember much of what you have said.

Think about your audience – what key information do they need to know? What will they find interesting? How can you inspire them to get involved?

Build links

Building links with other groups helps you spread the word and find new audiences for a campaign.

Find a group who are interested in a similar cause and meet with them. Find out about their interests and look for areas of cross-over. They might be able to support you by giving you access to a venue, or help you promote an action to other people in the community.

The more people you have on board, the bigger impact you are likely to make.

Your local council website is a good place to start when trying to find out what groups already exist in your local area. Visit the Governments website to look for local organisations.

Other places to find local groups include:

  • Community centres
  • Community noticeboards
  • Community listings
  • Local councillors or MPs might al so be able to put you in touch with community groups who could help.

 Top tips for giving talks 

  • Keep your talk short and to the point. You don’t want to talk for longer than 15 minutes as people might lose interest.
  • Be interactive – get people to present their own ideas, play games or even do a quiz.
  • Make notes you can read easily and put them on cards that are numbered (in case you drop them).
  • Try not to read the talk word for word.
  • Write your main points briefly on a flipchart or PowerPoint slide – this helps the audience take in the information and is a reminder for you of what you are talking about. It helps to use visuals rather than text, so think about images you could use.
  • Be clear about what you want to achieve from your talk – what main message or action do you want people to take away when they leave?
  • Practice speaking aloud and speak more slowly than you think you should.
  • Start by introducing yourself, what you are there to talk about, and how long you will talk for – this lets your audience know what to expect and how long they need to concentrate for.
  • End your talk by thanking people for listening. People may want to ask questions, so if you are happy to answer questions then say so.

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