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CAS 100A: Effective Speech

Jim Hart (Penn State Scranton)

1. Select

Choosing & Narrowing Your Topic

  • What interests you?  Are you into anime, hiking, geology, video games, Italian cuisine...?  Choose a topic that you will enjoy learning, or learning more, about.  After all, you have to speak about this topic to your entire class and genuine interest shows!
  • Once you choose a topic, you may need to narrow it down.  If your topic is too broad, it may prove difficult to outline your speech because you will be overloaded with too much irrelevant information when researching.
  • With a specific topic in mind, you are ready to start gathering the factual information you need to either inform or persuade.

Sources for Choosing a Topic