Next month I’ll be taking part in my first personal finance speaking engagement. The goal is to share a bit about my personal story and outline steps for others struggling with debt. I’m here today to ask the readers, what would you like to learn from a personal finance presentation? I want to be mindful of the fact that the subject matter can be dry and dare I say boring at times. (Math anyone?) With that in mind I’d love to have some feedback on my plan.
My public speaking kicked off in high school with your typical assignment that you had to present in front of the class. It continued in college when I actually took a public speaking class. All assignments in this class were given orally in a small group setting. Over my 20 plus year professional career I have had many opportunities to speak, present, and lead meetings. So at this point in my life I’m pretty comfortable with speaking in front of a group. Given the fact that it’s on material I feel knowledgeable about makes it that much easier. I plan on using a power point presentation with bullet points to make sure I cover everything I want, and keep me from rambling. I plan on giving away a copy of Dave Ramsey’s “The Total Money Makeover” the book that really kicked off our debt free journey, and handout a reference sheet at the end of the presentation with books, podcast and blogs. Here’s the basic outline of topics I plan on cover over my 90 minute presentation:
- Our debt story
- How we involved our children
- Defining a “Why”
- Changing behaviors
- Stop Build New Debt
- Wants vs needs
- Emergency fund
- Building Wealth
I expect that there will be time for some questions and answers at the end. Assuming people are willing to ask questions. That damn money topic no one wants to discuss. Ultimately my goal is to help educate my guests and hopefully spark the desire for them to begin their own debt free journey.
So Readers what do you think of my plan? What topics am I missing? What resources would you include on the handout sheet? What things am I overlooking?