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  • Strategies for Selecting a Topic
    about Previous Classes Talk to Others Framing a Thesis Statement Strategies For Framing a Thesis Statement Researching Your Topic Gathering Materials Taking Notes Citing Sources Within Your Speech Creating Your Bibliography Some Cautions Structuring an Informative Speech Introduction Body Conclusion Outlining an Informative Speech The Complete Sentence Outline The Speaking Outline Delivering an Informative Speech Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Informative Speaking Strategies for Selecting a Topic I n many cases circumstances will dictate the topic of your speech However if the topic has not been assigned or if you are having difficulty figuring out how to frame your topic as an informative speech the following may be useful Begin by thinking of your interests If you have always loved art contemplate possible topics dealing with famous artists art works or different types of art If you are employed think of aspects of your job or aspects of your employer s business that would be interesting to talk about While you cannot substitute personal experience for detailed research your own experience can supplement your research and add vitality to your presentation Choose one of the items below to learn more about selecting a topic Previous Continue

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  • Learn More about an Unfamiliar Topic
    Delivering an Informative Speech Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Informative Speaking Learn More about an Unfamiliar Topic You may benefit more by selecting an unfamiliar topic that interests you You can challenge yourself by choosing a topic you d like to learn about and to help others understand it If the Buddhist religion has always been an interesting and mysterious topic to you research the topic

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  • Think about Previous Classes
    an Informative Speech Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Informative Speaking Think about Previous Classes You might find a topic by thinking of classes you have taken Think back to concepts covered in those classes and consider whether they would serve as unique interesting and enlightening topics for the informative speech In astronomy you learned about red giants In history you learned about Napoleon In political science

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  • Talk to Others
    More about an Unfamiliar Topic Think about Previous Classes Talk to Others Framing a Thesis Statement Strategies For Framing a Thesis Statement Researching Your Topic Gathering Materials Taking Notes Citing Sources Within Your Speech Creating Your Bibliography Some Cautions Structuring an Informative Speech Introduction Body Conclusion Outlining an Informative Speech The Complete Sentence Outline The Speaking Outline Delivering an Informative Speech Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Informative Speaking Talk to Others Topic selection does not have to be an individual effort Spend time talking about potential topics with classmates or friends This method can be extremely effective because other people can stimulate further ideas when you get stuck When you use this method always keep the basic requirements and the audience in mind Just because you and your friend think home brew is a great topic does not mean it will enthrall your audience or impress your instructor While you talk with your classmates or friends jot notes about potential topics and create a master list when you exhaust the possibilities From this list choose a topic with intellectual merit originality and potential to entertain while informing Previous Continue Introduction Tweet HELP SITE INDEX ABOUT THIS

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  • Framing a Thesis Statement
    about an Unfamiliar Topic Think about Previous Classes Talk to Others Framing a Thesis Statement Strategies For Framing a Thesis Statement Researching Your Topic Gathering Materials Taking Notes Citing Sources Within Your Speech Creating Your Bibliography Some Cautions Structuring an Informative Speech Introduction Body Conclusion Outlining an Informative Speech The Complete Sentence Outline The Speaking Outline Delivering an Informative Speech Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Informative Speaking Framing a Thesis Statement O nce you settle on a topic you need to frame a thesis statement Framing a thesis statement allows you to narrow your topic and in turns allows you to focus your research in this specific area saving you time and trouble in the process Selecting a topic and focusing it into a thesis statement can be a difficult process Fortunately a number of useful strategies are available to you Thesis Statement Purpose T he thesis statement is crucial for clearly communicating your topic and purpose to the audience Be sure to make the statement clear concise and easy to remember Deliver it to the audience and use verbal and nonverbal illustrations to make it stand out Previous Continue Introduction Tweet HELP SITE INDEX ABOUT

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  • Strategies For Framing a Thesis Statement
    aspect of your topic and phrase the thesis statement in one clear concise complete sentence focusing on the audience This sentence sets a goal for the speech For example in a speech about art the thesis statement might be The purpose of this speech is to inform my audience about the early works of Vincent van Gogh This statement establishes that the speech will inform the audience about the early works of one great artist The thesis statement is worded conversationally and included in the delivery of the speech Thesis Statement and Audience The thesis appears in the introduction of the speech so that the audience immediately realizes the speaker s topic and goal Whatever the topic may be you should attempt to create a clear focused thesis statement that stands out and could be repeated by every member of your audience It is important to refer to the audience in the thesis statement when you look back at the thesis for direction or when the audience hears the thesis it should be clear that the most important goal of your speech is to inform the audience about your topic While the focus and pressure will be on you as a speaker you should always remember that the audience is the reason for presenting a public speech Avoid being too trivial or basic for the average audience member At the same time avoid being too technical for the average audience member Be sure to use specific concrete terms that clearly establish the focus of your speech Thesis Statement and Delivery When creating the thesis statement be sure to use a full sentence and frame that sentence as a statement not as a question The full sentence The purpose of this speech is to inform my audience about the early works

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  • Researching Your Topic
    Sentence Outline The Speaking Outline Delivering an Informative Speech Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Informative Speaking Researching Your Topic A s you begin to work on your informative speech you will find that you need to gather additional information Your instructor will most likely require that you locate relevant materials in the library and cite those materials in your speech In this section we discuss the

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  • Gathering Materials
    Outline The Speaking Outline Delivering an Informative Speech Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Informative Speaking Gathering Materials G athering materials can be a daunting task You may want to do some research before you choose a topic Once you have a topic you have many options for finding information You can conduct interviews write or call for information from a clearinghouse or public relations office and

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