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Public Speaking Outline

An Outline for Your Informative Speech. To help you organize your informative speech, try placing your ideas and thoughts in the
following outline tool:

Introduction - start your speech strong by using a "hook" or attention getter. Then give the big picture of your informative speech, your
central point (or thesis statement) and then an overview of where you are going (what you will say) during your speech.

1. A "hook" or attention getter - A few sentences to draw in your audience right from the start. What will peak and capture their interest
right from the beginning? Maybe it's something unexpected, surprising, or witty.
2. You and the topic - Introduce yourself and briefly describe your interest in the topic/what it has to do with you. This is to earn rapport
and credibility with your listeners, especially if they don't know you personally.
3. Thesis statement - a succinct statement of your purpose and the specific topic that you will discuss.
4. Importance, significance, relevance - Answers the "who cares" question. Why is the topic important, significant, and relevant to your
audience? Make this clear so that they will be able to see how your speech will be useful to your listeners.
5. Signpost - where your speech is headed. Describe in general what you intend to cover so that your listeners won't get lost and will know
what to expect.

The body of your speech - the main points and evidence (examples, data) to support your case. You will likely have time for three main
points or so. Each main point needs to be supported by examples and supporting data, and diagrams, photos, and visual images.

• Transition - Let the audience know you are diving into the main part of your speech.
• Main point - Here are the central points you are making in your informative speech.
• Examples and supporting data - Support your claims by providing examples and supporting data.
• Diagrams, photos, and visual images - Sometimes a good diagram or picture is worth a thousand words in explaining or illustrating
something. Consider using one or two good ones to help strengthen your case.

Conclusion - Once you have presented your main points, you need to end strong! The conclusion consists of a reminder of the main
points you gave, along with a memorable concluding remark.

• Transition - Let the audience know you are drawing to a close so they are not caught off guard.
• Summarize the main points - Briefly restate the main points so your audience is clear on what you have presented.
Concluding remark - End with a good, memorable, strong statement. Let the audience applaud before you ask for questions.

Topics to consider

Advertising, Africa, Agriculture, Animals, Antarctica, Anthropology, Antique, Applied Sciences, Archaeology, Architecture,
Aromatheraphy, Artificial Intelligence, Arts, Asia, Astrology, Astronomy, Australia, Aviation, Backpacking, Beauty,
Biographies, Biology, Bird Flu, Books, Cheerleading, Chemistry, Children, Cities, Climate, Communication, Cooking, Countries,
Business, Cars, Celebrities, Culture, Dancing, Demographics, Design, Drinks, Ecology, Economics, Education, Engineering,
Entertainment, Ethnic Groups, Etiquette, Europe, Family, Fashion, Finance, Food, Games, Geography, Government Hiking,
History, Home, Industries, International Organizations, International Relations, Labour, Languages, Law, Lifestyles,
Literature, Manufacturing, Maps, Martial Arts, Mass Media, Medicine, Military, Movements, Movies, Museums, Music,
Mysteries, Mythology, Myths, National Parks, Nature, News, North America, Oceania, People, Performing Arts, Personal Life,
Pets, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Popular Culture, Psychology, Radio, Reference, Religions, Science, Society, Sociology,
South America, Space, Sports, Sports Events, Technology, Telecommunications, Television, Tourism, Toys, Travel.

Good Informative Speech Topics: Decision Time

Review your short list of ideas for good informative speech topics. The main questions are: Is it not
too simple or too complicated? If appropriate: can you cover the speech topics in the given time

Good luck with selecting good informative speech topics!

40 Informative Speech Topics

1. Ways to help the countries of Africa.

2. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
3. What is BarMitzwah?
4. Who is John Wayne Gasey?
5. Who is Edward Casey?
6. Famous temples in the Maya culture.
7. Roman Empire
8. The Great Train Robbery.
9. Samurai warriors of ancient Japan.
10. Plants, animals and other organisms that live in the oceans.
11. Tornadoes chasers
12. The planets, moons, asteroids, comets and dwarf planets in our Solar System.
13. How the American Civil War began.
14. The secrets of crop circles.
15. If I was a journalist for one day, I should...
16. Does Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster exist?
17. Yoga for beginners.
18. Why the unsinkable Titanic sank.
19. Mysterious stories of the Bermuda Triangle
20. How Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas.
21. Different types of whales; marine life happens to be a very good informative speech topic.
22. How the Greeks organize their Ancient Olympics.
23. The travels of Marco Polo.
24. How animals can survive the extreme cold of Antarctica.
25. History of our National Anthem.
26. How to plan a geology field trip.
27. Aerodynamics in sports equipment.
28. Architecture: building and construction styles.
29. Futuristic vehicles in transportation.
30. The most famous tricks of Houdini the magician.
31. The Rat Pack
32. Any serial killer
33. Tesla

Persuasive Speech Topics How To Guide

Persuasive speech topics starting point: how to's and lists of examples of good persuasive topics for public speaking speech writing and speech class
Lets start my collection of how-to tutorials with the two Golden Rules Of Thumb for persuasive speech writing and speaking.
First, state facts, values or policy claims to get your listeners change their views or to convince them to act.

Persuade that your fact is true. Prove that your claim is the best and defend yourself against oppositional ideas.

Example: Persuade your audience that space exploration is beneficial.

VALUESPersuade that something is right or wrong, moral or immoral, valuable or worthless. Appeal to the beliefs,
morality and values of your listeners.

Example: Persuade your speech classmates that cheating at school is absolutely unacceptable.

POLICIESPersuade that there is a problem and get the audience to agree with your solution. Motivate them to act or
change attitudes, policies or policy regulations. Appeal to human needs, reason and emotion.

Example: Persuade your audience that school uniforms is beneficial.


Every person - you too - has a set of inner values. Call it self-development goals, thoughts, opinions and so on. Discover which value speech topics you like to
explore or want to write a speech about to help your peers.

A Will to Succeed Gentleness Promotion

Accomplishment Goodness Purity
Accountability Gratitude Religion
Accuracy Healthy Reputation
Achievement Helping Other People Responsibility
Adventure Hope Romance
Affection Humor Sacrifice
Assertiveness Idealism Safety
Attitude Independence Satisfaction
Autonomy Individuality Self-Awareness
Balance Inner Harmony Self-Discipline
Beauty Innocence Self-Esteem
Being Truthful Integrity Self-Givingness
Caring Intellectual Status Self-Improvement
Change Intuition Self-Interest
Collaboration Kindness Self-Reliably
Compassion Learning Self-Reliance
Concern for Others Lifestyle Self-Respect
Confidence Love Self-Worth
Courage Meaning of Life Sensitivity
Creativity Meaningful Work Serenity
Curiosity Mercy Seriousness
Diligence Merit Sincerity
Effort Morality Sophistication
Empathy Never Give Up Spirituality
Empowerment Nursing Stability
Endurance Nurturing of Children Success
Enthusiasm Open-minded Sympathy
Exactness Optimism Tact
Excellence Patience Temperance
Faith Peace Thinking
Fast Living Personal Development Truthfulness
Financial Gain Personal Growth Understanding
Flair Physical Challenge Unpretentiousness
Forgiveness Piety Unselfishness
Friendship Pleasure
Generosity Privacy


These are values related to the growth, success and financial health of companies and businesses. If
you want to write a speech for business purposes, select only the value speech topics that come close
to the mission statement or integrity codes in your industry category. These are the 'leading ladies'
in the speech writing process.
Accuracy Efficiency Purity
Achievement Equal Opportunities Quality of Work
Advancement Ethical Practicing Quietude
Agreement Excellence Rationality
Challenging Problems Functionality Regularity
Change Good Will Reliability
Collaboration Improvement Resourcefulness
Commitment Innovation Results-Oriented
Competence Integration Security
Competitive Inventiveness Shareholder Value
Confidence InvolvementLeadership Sharing Knowledge
Confrontation Legality Skill
Consciousness Loyalty Standardization
Consumer Rights Perfection Supervising
Continuity Power Systemization
Cooperation Practicality Taking Responsibility
Coordination Precision Teamwork
Creativity Problem Solving Trust
Customer Service Progress Utility
Duty Prosperity Variety
Economic Security Prudence Work Spirit
Economic Status Punctuality Working Alone


Moral codes and standards in society or groups are based on these values. As always, they have developed over time. Explain how and what we can learn or
should change in our behavior.

All for One And One for All Fidelity Positive Attitude
Altruism Flexibility Preservation
Appreciation Fraternity Proper Behavior
Authority Free Will Public Access
Charity Freedom Public Service
Chastity Freedom of Initiative Pursuit of Happiness
Civic Duty Government Power Reasoning
Civic Pride Hard Working Respect for Law
Civil Rights Harmony Respect for Other People
Community Welfare Helping Society Right to Education
Compassion Heroism Right to Express Grievances
Concern for Others Honesty Rituals
Confidence Honor Sacrifice
Conformity Honor Parents Satisfying Other People
Consciousness Hope Service to Society
Consensus Hospitality Sharing
Consumer Rights Human Rights Simplicity
Cooperation Humanism Social Status
Courtesy Humility Stability
Critical Thinking Improvement Strength
Culture Justice Taking Responsibility
Democracy Majority Rule Tolerance
Dependability Mercy Tradition
Diplomacy Minority Rights Unity
Diversity Moderation Unselfishness
Duty Modesty Wealth
Ecological Awareness Never Give Up Well-Being
Environmental Protection Non-Violence Well-Mannered
Equality Obedience Wisdom
Etiquette Openness Women's Rights
Fairness Participation World Unity
Family Values Patriotism

As you can see in these examples of speech topics for public speaking on values, some special values can be double or even triple labeled; as personal,
business and traditional value speech topics.

An argumentation speech is a form of persuasive public speaking.

The speaker presents a personal opinion, judgment or idea about a controversial and current issue, problem, value or dispute in a way that the opinion o
the audience will change in favor of his / her side.

Argumentative speech ideas are controversial and refer to current political, social, business, religious issues, disputes, policies and values. A few
argumentative speech topics examples to start with:
Reduce tuition for those students who maintained an A average during the previous year.

Smoking Sale of cigarettes must be outlawed for the public health.

Women in The Military There is no reason why women can't fill all jobs in the military to include combat.

Classic Appeals In An Argumentative Speech

Argument speech topics are characterized by the classic appeals to logos, pathos and ethos in the pro and contra arguments.

LOGOSProve that we need a change in thinking, beliefs and behavior by appealing to reason and the rational intellect. Find
common ground between you and your audience. Give some background they may need to fully understand the argumentative
speech topic and your arguments. State your point of view. That's an effective way to create credibility and to persuade that you
are reasonable.

PATHOSAnticipate and accommodate the ethical, religious, social, or political beliefs and feelings of your listeners. Appeal to
emotion, to their passions and deeply held values. Be passionate, but don't overdo your argumentation.

ETHOSAppeal to character, the sense of right and wrong, sense of justice and fair play of your audience. Persuade the listener to
identify himself with these traits and acknowledge that this is exactly how he feels.

Mix these pure rhetorical public speaking appeals in your speech topics.

 Which are the argumentative speech topics you have some knowledge about?
 Which argument speech topics you think are important for public discussion?

Specific Aspects Of Your Argumentative Speech Topics

Find narrower aspects and specific controversies within your argumentative topics. Make an inventory of facts, controversies,
questions, issues, opinions, judgments and ideas, problems, causes, effects and solutions related to ethical and moral thinking or
behavior. For example think about the arguments or disagreements you have with people or institutions about the topic. Ask

• What are my concerns, attitudes, beliefs, and values?

• What are my principles that shape my attitudes and beliefs in relation to the speech topic?
• Why do I think this argumentative speech topic is very important for public discussion?
• What argumentative speech ideas are appropriate to the occasion and to the audience?

The Argumentative Speech Topics Assignment

Study the rules and the do's and don'ts of the occasion very carefully. These are possible checks:

• A debate?
• Or you need debate topics for speech class?
• Where, when and how long do I have to speak?
• Is there an opponent speaker? Who is it?

Who Are Your Listeners?

Know who your listeners are. Keep their interests and attitude in mind. Because some listeners already are on your side, others
will agree with your contentious speech, and sometimes there are people who will not share you opinions. Ask yourself:

State An Argumentative Speech Topic Proposition

You need a clear proposition to state the topic and purpose of your argumentative speech topics. Write down just one major idea,
in one single sentence. That declarative statement, claim, or assumption has to summarize the importance of your idea and fit
with your interests and the needs and wishes of your audience. Use a positively and often forcefully tone. So, to put it shortly:

• What is it that you want your audience to reconsider or agree with?

• What do my listeners must remember?

How To Develop Arguments

Develop convincing and reasoned arguments that address the proposition and that prove your proposition. Prove that you are
right in your ideas about the topic.

• Offer appropriate background facts and figures, and give new information. Just consider yourself as the likeable who will show
The Way.
• Construct fair, informed, and credible arguments, which are sustained by evidence and reasonable thoughts.
Deal With Opposing Arguments

Defend yourself against the main oppositional arguments when you prepare your argumentative speech topics. If the majority of
your listeners is against you, then be extra careful how you deal with the opposing arguments. Don't enhance their animosity,
don't step on toes! Get your audience to admit your argumentative speech has a point. Here's how:

• List and explore the opposing arguments well-mannered, polite, full of understanding.
• Give many details in a way the oppositional listeners acknowledge their side of the question.
• Admit you understand the main opposing arguments and why.
• Then show delicately how your view is more reasonable, why it is the right one.

Final Tips For Argumentative Speech Topics

By now you've learned how to choose, narrow the focus, develop arguments, and deal with the opposition for this kind of speech
writing. Consider my writing tips while you're developing argumentative speech topics:

• Use relevant transition words and phrases. Let your arguments flow smoothly.
• Present and analyze opposing views first.
• Than introduce and advocate the arguments of your argumentative speech topics.

Debate Topics
1. Should school students face a mandatory drug test?
2. Should the African Union copy the European Union cooperation model?
3. Should students be required to wear a school uniform?
4. Are the Olympic Games a waste of money? Or other debate speech topics on huge sports events.
5. Should all African conflicts be handled by African countries themselves, and not by third parties?
6. Is our nation still unprepared for disasters? Or other debate topic themes about safety.
7. Should school prayer be prohibited?
8. Should skateboards be prohibited on sidewalks?
9. Should minorities be treated differentially?
10. Should the age to vote be reduced to 16?
11. Should 16 year old people be allowed to get a tattoo? Or other speech ideas on for example ear and body part piercings?
12. Should the Double Jeopardy Rule - nobody can be tried twice for the same offence - be abolished?
13. Could a President serve for more than two terms?
14. Should the use of animals in sports and entertainment be banned?
15. Should there be a curfew for people under 18 years to reduce crime?
16. Does Hollywood movies have a bad influence on the world?
17. Should homework assignments be limited to a maximum of three nights a week?
18. Do school authorities have the right to search students’ lockers? Or other education related debate topic issues.
19. Do adopted children have the right to know who their biological parents are?
20. Should there be a green tax on aviation fuel?
21. Should factory farming of chickens be banned?
22. Are certain persuasive issues not appropriate for debate speech topics?
Debate Strategies

While debating is a form of art, involving aspects from showmanship to critical thinking, there are certain strategies that are
commonly used to shape the direction of a debate.
Moral High Ground
One such strategy is to adopt the Moral High Ground, consigning the other parties to appear weak, unethical. In this strategy,
the party will try to illustrate the moral benefits that their side of the debates brings to the table. i.e. more environmentally
aware, pro-human rights etc.
Model Construction / Destruction
Often, in the process of debates, each party will need to build a conceptual model of the topic on which to base the debate.
Thus merits will be given to the team with the better model.
The model can be assessed on the following count.
 completeness
 timeliness
 feasibility
A model can be attacked as well by highlighting undesirable effects. e.g. Floodgate effect that can follow a policy, the
social backlash that could happen. That your small action can open up the floodgates.

Famous Quotes

 "I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." -
Martin Luther King, Jr.
 "I am not young enough to know everything." - Oscar Wilde
 "Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes." - Benjamin Franklin
 "You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. - Wayne Gretzky
 "Happiness isn't getting what you want, it's wanting what you got". - Garth Brooks
 "Honesty is the best policy." - Benjamin Franklin
 "If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." - Maya Angelou
 "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." - Albert Einstein
 "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." - Yogi Berra

Deep and Reflective Quotes

• "We get into a rut. We play tennis, we go to a movie, we watch TV, but I keep saying, `John, there has to be more.'" - Chris
Evert, after winning 146 tennis championships.
• "And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln
• "There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'All right, then,
have it your way.' - C. S. Lewis
• "If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only
soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair." - C. S. Lewis
• "Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither." - C. S. Lewis
• "Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."

Funny Quotes

• "Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same." - Oscar Wilde
• "The average person thinks he isn’t." - Father Larry Lorenzoni
• "If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is 'God is crying.' And if he asks why God is crying,
another cute thing to tell him is 'Probably because of something you did.'"- Jack Handey
• "Avoid fruits and nuts. You are what you eat." - Jim Davis
• "I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." Winston Churchill
• "If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is NOT for you." - Unknown
• "Men are like port-a-johns. All the good ones are taken and all the bad ones are full of crap!" - Unknown

Stupid Quotes

• "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." - Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM in 1943
• "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." - Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles in 1962
• "Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life." - Brooke Shields
• "If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure." - Dan Quayle
• "It is wonderful to be here today in the great state of Chicago" - Dan Quayle
Science Quotes

• "A goodly number of scientists are not only narrow-minded and dull, but also just stupid." - James D. Watson
• "All science is either physics or stamp collecting." - Ernest Rutherford
• "The most incomprehensible thing about our universe is that it can be comprehended." - Albert Einstein
• "My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists as all." - Stephen Hawking
• Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing." - Werner Von Braun
• "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." - Albert Einstein

Political Quotes

• "Ich bin ein Berlinner." - John F. Kennedy

• "Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain." - John F. Kennedy
• "A house divided against itself cannot stand." - Abraham Lincoln
• "If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?" - Abraham Lincoln
• "In my country we go to prison first and then become President." - Nelson Mandela
• "Politics gives guys so much power that they tend to behave badly around women. And I hope I never get into that." - Bill
• "I think we agree, the past is over." - George W. Bush

Good Speech Quotes

• "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
• "Become who you are." - Friedrich Nietzsche
• "Ideas are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of
waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny." - Carl Schurz
• "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a
miracle." - Albert Einstein
• "History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again."
• "The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't know anything about." - Wayne Dyer
• "The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life." - Plato
• "Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil." - C. S. Lewis
• "Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value
to survival." - C. S. Lewis
• "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at
times of challenge and controversy." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
• "Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do." - Thomas Jefferson
"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds." - Francis Bacon