Five topics to present about (without prep)
A good way to get to know someone is to ask what topics they could give a 30-minute presentation about without any prep. It’s a nice peek into someone’s professional and personal interests. Maybe there’s a match or it sparks an interest of yours – and then you’re off running away with a meaningful conversation.
I’ve been thinking about this question the last few days. Here are five things I’d present on:
- Favorite food joints
- Seattle sports teams
- Formula One
I’ve got two things about this list.
My first thought is that I’d like to learn more about coffee and have that replace my favorite food joints (#3). Consider this a 2024 goal. As for why, I enjoyed partaking in cafe culture in different countries during my adventuring and it’s made me want to understand the drink more deeply. I also began drinking coffee more consistently so the synergies pair nicely. Let me read James Hoffman’s The World Atlas of Coffee and How to Make Good Coffee at Home as a starting point and go from there.
The second thought is a sense of regret my topics aren’t more niche, aren’t more interesting. Imagine if one of them was escape rooms, medieval antiques, nuclear energy, or cheese making. Or my personal favorite, a talk about conspiracy theories, how they start, how they spread, popular theories, etc. I think any of those would draw a larger audience. It’s not that my interests are bad. It’s just so… typical of my local crowd. I think it’s a part of running in the same social circles in the same areas doing the same things, and a reminder to venture out of our bubbles.
(And yes, I recognize coffee isn’t exactly a unique subject matter in our current day and age for that matter. But past that, I understand life is big and I hope to choose something a little more uncommon.)