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How can I decide on a good informative speech topic?

Last Updated: Feb 02, 2017  |  1830 Views

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The best type of informative speech is one in which the speaker is interested and passionate about the topic.

You may want to start your search for a topic by:

  • Brainstorming things that you are interested in to see if you could turn one of those into your speech topic.
  • Deciding if you are excited about your topic as it will show and your audience will catch your excitement.
  • Choosing a topic that is unique so that your audience will not necessarily be familiar with what you have to present.
  • Researching the history and current practices of your hobby for your speech.
  • Researching where your ancestors came from or cultural practices of a unique group.
  • Researching a different or special ability you have so that you can educate your audience about it.
  • Researching a cause to which you are devoted as this would be an opportunity to inspire your audience.

The two easiest types of informative speeches are:

  1. Objects (Including things, people, places, and animals)
  2. Events (Something that has happened, is happening, or likely will happen)

The Research Guide for SPK 201: Oral Communications ( has some places you can search for information once you have an idea for a topic.

Please feel free to contact your campus librarian for help with the research process. Thank you for using ASK US.

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