Regulatory Focus Theory and Speech Topics Inform

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Here are some topics I gleaned from various sources/books/internet cites. It is unlikely that you will be able to persuade an audience to change a value or principle. Consider a topic that involves making an incremental change. Additionally, if an audience already agrees with your speech (no more homework in high school for example), then your talk will not be persuasive. BRAINSTORM for a topic that will involve some scholarly consideration!

Speech topic ideas
Informative Speech Topics
• Inform my audience about the origins and current trends in public radio. • Inform my audience about how a natural disaster develops such as a tornado, a hurricane, or an earthquake. • Inform my audience about the origins, development, and ethical implications of polygraph testing. • Inform my audience on the frequency and use of deception in commercial advertising. • Inform my audience about how to conduct genealogical research (family history). • Inform my audience about the growth of women's participation in sports. • Inform my audience about a cultural or religious custom. • Inform my audience about marriage rituals around the world. • Inform my audience about the history and development of jigsaw puzzles. • Inform my audience about the most common verbal and nonverbal indicators of deception. • Inform my audience about how to obtain one's credit report and what it means. • Inform my audience about the latest developments in HIV/AIDS research. • Inform my audience about how and why interest rates affect stock prices. • Inform my audience about the history and mystery of crop circles. • Inform my audience about the uses of humor in hospital settings. • Inform my audience about critically evaluating information on the Internet. • Inform my audience about NASCAR racing.

• Inform my audience about past and current trends for homelessness in the United States. • Inform my audience about the effects of color and how colors are used in business and professional settings. • Inform my audience about how to balance a checkbook. • Inform my audience about how the salary cap in professional football works. Demonstration Speech Topics

A good place to find ideas for a demonstration speech is http://www.ehow.com/. This Web site gives you step-by-step instructions in many areas. Persuasive Speech Topics

• Persuade my audience that welfare mothers should (not) be required to work. • Persuade my audience that congressional term limits should (not) be imposed. • Persuade my audience why it is (not) necessary to participate in a recycling program. • Persuade my audience that it is (not) crucial for people to develop a career before marriage. • Persuade my audience why Americans should (not) become bilingual.

• Persuade my audience why Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) should (not) be more strictly regulated at the federal level. • Persuade my audience on why the U.S. government should provide more funds for the arts. • Persuade my audience that a certain country, state, or city is an ideal place for a vacation. • Persuade my audience why the use of animals in cosmetics testing and medical research should (not) be banned. • Persuade my audience that college students should (not) be required to take a foreign language class. • .

Special Occasion Speech Topics
• Deliver a best man or maid-of-honor's toast to a wedding couple at their reception. • Deliver an inspiring speech at a high school or college commencement ceremony. • Deliver a eulogy for a historical figure.

• Deliver an acceptance speech for winning an award, such as a scholarship, a Nobel or Pulitzer Prize, or MVP of an athletic competition. • Deliver a speech on a company's successes at an annual banquet. • Give a roast at an employee's retirement party.

• Deliver a speech as a newly appointed company...
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