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Selecting Informative Speech Topics

by: Andrew Isbell

Selecting Informative Speech Topics SPC 205

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These notes cover selecting Informative speech topics
Public Speaking
Kimberly K. Harp
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Andrew Isbell on Wednesday September 14, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to SPC 205 at Tri-County Technical College taught by Kimberly K. Harp in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 6 views. For similar materials see Public Speaking in Speech & Communication at Tri-County Technical College.

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Date Created: 09/14/16
Selecting topics for an informative speech  Andrew Isbell  Things to consider when selecting the topic: ­Who is the audience? ­Is the topic relevant (to the audience)?  ­Should the audience be told this? / Does it benefit them to know this? ­Can the topic be covered in the time frame?  Ways to consider topics: ­Word Associate ­Categorize ideas into sections such as People, Places, Events and etc. and fill in what you can ­Find pictures and make associations from the photos found   Once a topic is selected: ­Make a thesis statement which sums up the main point of the speech ­Informative thesis­ state the topic and gives the idea about what you’ll be discussing about the  topic ­Persuasive thesis­ state the topic, what side you’re on, what you’re trying to prove, and your  basic line of argument ­Make sure you state your topic candidly  ­Do you state your topic early? ­Is it clear what your advocating? (persuasive speech) ­Does it indicate the kinds of information you will be giving? ­Does it indicate the line of argument you will be presenting? (persuasive speech) ­Could it be worded better Informative Thesis Statement: Addiction is an all­encompassing issue that all people should be knowledgeable about. Persuasive Thesis Statement: Many people each election, especially those ages 18­25 choose consistently not to vote; this isn’t  the best way to make change.  Types of Organizational Arrangements  ­Chronological Pattern  ­The sinking of the Titanic  ­Changes to the U.S. flag  ­How to put a bicycle together  ­Spatial Pattern  ­Organizing main points by geographic location ­Like a tour guide  ­Causal Pattern (cause­effect) ­Problem­Solution Pattern  ­Topical Pattern AKA Categorical Pattern  ­All individual points relate back to the theme of your speech  ­Narrative Pattern  ­Topics are organized in story form 


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