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LIT - SPCH 1315 - Public Speaking: Selecting and Narrowing Your Topic

Selecting a Topic

You have to have a topic for your speech.  

  • Pick a topic you know something about or want to know something about.  
  • Not a good idea to pick a topic you are not interested in - you will not do a very good job.  
  • Remember your audience - they have to listen to you!  Andrew Dlugan in his Speech Preparation Series states  "a successful speech is one where the audience receives the message."  

Some great advice on picking a topic: 

Still not sure?  Try this site for some suggestions: