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So you have to give a speech, huh? It can be difficult to select a topic you are interested in. It’s important to select a topic you know a lot about or something you can easily research with little effort. Truth is, you can find good topics everywhere you go if you pay close attention. Keep our eyes and ears open, and you can find topics to persuade all the time.

When you’re trying to come up with a speech topic, think about subjects, events, people, places, problems, causes and effects, and values in your community, school, college, university, city, state, country or region. Think about things you’re passionate about to make sure you can relate that topic to your audience.

There are a few good speech topics you can use in regard to your interest.

  • Your values in life and career
  • Your hobbies
  • Your special or unusual experiences
  • Your beliefs or strong opinions
  • Things you like to know more about
  • People you know or respect
  • Places you’ve visited
  • Problems, causes and effects
  • Concepts, definitions, and policies

Consider your audience as if it was a business, and they are your target market. You can’t sell sand in a desert, and you can’t give a speech about something your audience can’t relate to. There are a few things you should know about your audience before selecting a topic.

  • Who they are?
  • What needs do they have?
  • What socioeconomic status are they from?
  • Which organization are they from if there is one?
  • What do they need to learn from you?
  • How can you make them want to listen to you?
  • What can you say that will inspire them?
  • What questions can you answer for them?
  • What strong beliefs, opinions, or values do they have?

Next, you have to consider the occasion for which you’re speaking. Different occasions will require different topics. You want to make sure your topic is appropriate for the occasion. Think about the following things:

  • Why did they invite you?
  • What do they think you can give the audience?
  • Do they expect a certain topic from you?
  • How much time do you have to present?
  • What resources will you have available?

After you’ve looked at all these areas, you need to narrow down your topic. Separate your ideas into the best angles of approach for good speech topics. Look for something you feel comfortable with and feel you can present well. If you do not like the outcome, try some other ideas. Don’t just settle for an idea. Give yourself some time to think about it. Do some research, and make sure there’s enough out there to properly study your topic.


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