Topics - Top 10 Sources
Finding speech topics on your own is possible with these ten
research sources for public speakers. You're out of ideas, need some
fresh input, don't know where to start? Find inspiration in the next
top 10 list:
1. Scan library indexes and table of contents of books you want to
read on major personal, ethical, scientific, economic, social,
fiction, and nonfiction issues, current controversies and opposing
viewpoints. And of course don't forget to ask the librarian to help
you in your hunt for finding speech topics.
2. Read research papers and paper topics often list persuasive
public agenda policy topics that challenge you and reflect your
sphere of expertise in a particular knowledge field.
3. Find scientific and technology articles on current social
theories, discoveries, investigations, observations, patents and
4. In so-called FAQ books, question books or top tips magazines you
find intriguing questions asked and answered. You can explore
supplemental documentation and genuine advice on the most common or
very special topics.
5. Other handy resource guides are fact sheets. They offer stats,
tips, and suggestions. Browse the net and find extensive collections
of facts and figures. Pull out facts you like and transform them
into controversial or informational claims of thesis statements.
6. Reference books like almanacs, quotation books, Year in
Review-books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases. No explanation
needed. Just study their indexes.
7. Statistics like crime or demographics statistics, and even polls
are great sources for finding speech ideas. Compare national and
international trends and averages.
8. Biographies and obituaries on persons who played an important
9. Make an inventory of the television and radio talk shows you like
to watch. Browse their sites on the topics they talk about.
10. And yes, skim the headlines of newspapers and broadcasts. And
periodicals - weekly, monthly or daily publications in magazines,
internet news sites, and your favorite news letters.
Explore more sources for finding speech topics or simply take
the short cut with the
Persuasive Speaker's Kit.
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