Choosing A Topic

Choosing an appropriate topic for an upcoming speech can be pretty difficult at times, especially because it is one of the most important aspects of speech writing. When choosing a topic it is important for you to try and choose something that is not only is interesting to you, but also to your target audience. Sometimes it’s in your best interest not to talk about the atomic mass of chlorine when you are not in a science class, because once you lose your audience it is pretty difficult to get them out of whatever daydream they are in. Before you start writing your speech make sure that you ask questions like “What is my target audience?“ or “What kind of interests do they have?”. When thinking of a topic sometimes it is best to think of the phrase “the customer is always right”. You want your audience to actively listen to the point you are trying to get across.

Though you want to have an audience centered approach when choosing a topic, you also want to make sure that you are interested in what you are talking about. The audience can always tell when a speaker is half hearting his speech, or has little to no interest in what they are talking about. Usually people tend to struggle more when presenting topics that are of no interest to them. Be sure to choose a topic that will be fascinating to not only the audience, but to you as well. First impressions are always important, so make sure that when you are preparing for your speech you take the time to thoroughly research your topic. Choosing a topic isn’t always the best part of preparing for a speech, but it isn’t always the worst.  As long as you have a positive attitude, you will be successful!


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