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Communications: Persuasive Speech

This course provides an overview of the basic concepts of communication and the skills necessary to communicate in various contexts. Emphasis is placed on communication theories and techniques used in interpersonal group, public, intercultural, and mass c

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Hot Topics Research Guides from RCCC

Topics

Here are some tips to help you with your topics.

Points to Consider

  • Choose something that appeals to you.
  • Your topic should be neither too broad nor too narrow.
  • 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.

Places to Go for Topic Ideas

  • Talk with friends or family.
  • See what's trending on Twitter.
  • Check out Wikipedia articles -- don't use the article in your speech, but the article may help you by identifying people, events and organizations.
  • Watch the news, or read a newspaper or current magazine.

Sources to consider for Topic Ideas:

Databases

Salem Press ebooks

Taking Sides Series

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.

Listed below are a few examples, but to see the rest of the collection available through the Library click here.

Images

Adding visual elements (such as pictures, maps, or charts) can really enhance your speech. Make sure to always pay attention to copyright restrictions and give credit to the source for all images you use.

 

Other Resources for Images: 

 

ProCon.org

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Media Bias Chart

Media Bias Chart