Here are some tips to help you with your topics.
Avoid speech topics that deal with fixed beliefs like abortion, capital punishment, religion and so forth. People have spent many years deciding what they think about these topics and you are not likely to change their minds in a four to six minute speech. Don't set yourself up to fail.
Sources to consider for Topic Ideas:
The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.
Public Opinion Polls
The Taking Sides Series presents current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed with an issue summary, an issue introduction, and a postscript. An instructor's manual with testing material is available for each volume.
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