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SPC 1017 (Baker) - Informative Speech: Brainstorming Topics

This is a guide for students in Prof. Baker's SPC 1017 class on the West Campus. It contains resources and helpful tips for researching an informative speech topic.

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Identifying a Current Event

If you follow the news you may be able to think of some events recently featured in the news.

Narrowing a Topic

Narrowing a topic means thinking of different aspects, or angles, of the topic.

For example, for the topic ECONOMIC CRISIS, you could research:

  • causes
  • effect on the housing market
  • is the recession over?
  • are we headed for another recession?
  • effects on other countries
  • unemployment
  • local impact
  • Obama's response
  • did the stimulus work?

Any of these aspects or angles could be a speech topic by itself. Or, you could choose two or three to cover as points in your speech.

Try narrowing your topics by asking yourself: Who, What, When, Where, Why