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The topic selection for informative speeches is unlimited. Narrowing down the list can sometimes be difficult. That’s where brainstorming comes in. Write down topics that are interesting to you. Try to think outside the box and select something that will be new and exciting to your audience. If you want to pick the perfect title, you should remember three things:

  • Select things that interest you. Things you feel good about or believe strongly in.
  • Select things that you feel will be interesting to your audience. You want them to listen to you, not be bored to tears. Know the audience, and think of something that will make them want to pay attention to you.
  • Try to find something your audience doesn’t know about. Nothing is more boring than to have to listen to someone talk about something you know as much as or more than they do about. If they’re going to listen to your speech, make it something they will learn about…something new and exciting.

Sometimes it’s hard to just give an informational speech. We find it difficult to just be informative and not persuade. An informational speech is just to give them information, hopefully, information they had little or no knowledge about before they hear you speak.

You can talk about all kinds of things: products, people, animals, historical, current or future events, places, processes, procedures, concepts, definitions, policies, theories, etc. The list is endless. You can also give information about your personal, educational or professional experiences. You can also try associating your goals. Remember, select something that interests you, and stay on topic. This will help you communicate messages successfully to your listeners.

After you create a list, narrow it down to the best ones for your informative speech. Your best ideas will be ones on new and surprising information and discoveries.

Next, you need to know your subject, so research is in order. If you’re writing about something you know well, you may not need to do much, if not, hit the books, and learn as much as possible about your topic. Be sure to take notes of important information as you go along.

Write a list of the information you think should be included. Then put the list in logical order, like an outline. Keep in mind you want everyone listening to go away with at least one piece of information they didn’t know before they heard you.

Your opening lines, or introduction, should grab the audience’s attention. Consider it your first impression. Make it count. Let the audience know who you are, and what they will be learning from you.

Go through each key point on your outline s you give your speech and expand it. Make it interesting and exciting to the audience. Try to find things about the topic that not everyone knows. Digging deep will be worth it when your audience learns the details from you.

At the end of your speech, you should quickly summarize the main points of the speech. Try to refer back to your to the introduction in some way. You told them what they would learn in the beginning. By letting them know you’ve done your job, this will let the audience feel they did, and make the speech come full circle.


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