Sample Template for Speakers
Sample Template for a 30-Minute Talk
Personal Introduction 2 minutes
- Name, title and company
- Connect with the students by stating a key historical event that occurred when you were in middle school or high school.
- Consider including an interactive question about your profession or incorporating a visual aid (e.g. a model, equipment or photographs evocative of your profession) in order to engage the students. Be interactive.
- Include a brief academic and professional history.
o If you went to an HISD school, mention it. Let students know you’ve walked in their shoes.
Topic Introduction – Set the stage 5 minutes
- “I am here today to talk about…”
- Describe the specific role you play in the industry/profession.
o Consider incorporating some interactive true/false questions about your profession.
- Describe how your job or industry is relevant in the lives of the students. Be interactive.
Primary Topic – two or three specific points 15 minutes
- Stay focused on primary topic points, relating them to current events if possible.
- Describe what a typical (or particularly exciting) work day entails. Be interactive.
- Explain the relevance of what the students are studying to achieving success in your industry.
o Reinforce the importance of education and good decision making (both in school and in life) in achieving future success
o Talk about the financial benefits associated with educational achievement
o Talk about your experience overcoming obstacles
- End this portion of your talk by restating clearly each of the primary topic points.
Talk about the future—what’s next 2 minutes
- What key role might a student play in the industry/profession upon graduating from college?
- Describe what the students can do now in order to prepare themselves for a career in your field (e.g. internships, volunteer opportunities, shadowing opportunities, etc.).
Q&A 6 minutes
- Stress the importance of preparation and the need to challenge basic assumptions.
- Allow time to speak with students who want to chat briefly after your talk.
[*] This is a sample template for a standard 30-minute talk. When contacted about a speaking engagement, a speaker should ask the school official arranging the talk if there is a particular topic the school would like them to address. We encourage creativity and tailoring comments to the needs of the school.