Q. How can I decide on a good informative speech topic?
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:
- Objects (Including things, people, places, and animals)
- Events (Something that has happened, is happening, or likely will happen)
The Research Guide for SPK 2010: Oral Communications (guides.baker.edu/SPK2010) 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.