What qualifies as a good idea informative speech-wise?
A lot of people are fascinated by alternative medicine. So,
I was already part of the way there- my idea for my informative
speech was interesting. When you choose your informative
speech topic, don't pick something your audience is going to groan
about as soon as they hear it! Or if it is a 'groaning' informative
speech idea, come at the topic so differently that they don't
even realize what you've told them about. For example, you could
explain the design of a micro chip from the point of view of a
tiny tiny person to whom it would seem as big as several city
When you write the speech, you can make any informative speech
idea interesting... so it's really more up to you - how hard do
you want to work?
Let's get more basic. How do you make yourself have any ideas
There are a couple of keys to brainstorming for ideas, and these
will help you come up with your informative speech idea... First,
write down everything that comes to mind. Second, don't judge
anything yet, or you'll prevent the good ideas from coming out.
Third, drink lots of caffeine. Well... you'd better do that first.
Here are some questions that might stimulate informative speech
- What do you know how to do that no one else knows how
- Where you come from is there something interesting or historical
or factual that other people should know about?
- Think through some of the things you do on a daily basis-
they may seem normal to you now, but were strange
or impossible at first.
What kind of informative speech does your audience want to
Choose an informative speech topic either your audience knows
nothing about, or that hasn't given much thought to -
for the second one, I mean things that are commonplace, but when
you think about it, you realize you don't know how it works or
what it is - e.g., what is escrow? Why does inflation happen?
What happens to your trash after the garbage truck takes it? Who
determines TV and radio ratings? And so on. Look around your life
and see if something like this sticks out.
Your idea informative speech should be entertaining, or
useful. What happens to your trash is trivial unless you
make it funny, or there's an ethical implication. But don't get
into persuading - just inform! Not that it's bad to persuade here,
but when you're learning the basics of each kind of speech, make
sure you learn it! Likewise, don't entertain so much that you
forget to teach.
What does Toastmasters say about informative speech topic
According to Toastmasters
International, the best known public speaking organization,
people learn when the information is relevant, relates
to what they already know, involves them, is clearly organized,
is presented in an interesting way, is repeated, and involves
So, in some ways, the actual idea informative speech is not as
important as the spin you put on it, how your package it, and
how you present it.
First it must be interesting to you. Second, the information
must reach your audience by being interesting to them... there
are all kinds of presentation tricks you can do to involve them,
but that's another topic! But that's why I suggest doing something
autobiographical, because you'll give a much better talk... you'll
have experiences or insights (ideas) that will be more engaging
than if you just thought about something you read in a book.
But here's an example- I wanted to inform people about
something specific with acupuncture. People are afraid it will
hurt. Yet, most of my patients think it's basically painless,
and were pleasantly surprised the first time how good it made
them feel. I wanted to contrast the negative expectation with
the positive reality. So my informative speech topic was "How
Acupuncture Feels" but I used surprise as a tactic to deliver
the message. I also used analogy, because the "Acu Buzz"
was so elusive- I compared it to a number of good and complicated
experiences (swimming and the taste of oysters) that were hard
to describe but fairly commonplace. I answered their questions,
kept it interesting, delivered something unexpected, and related
it to something they already knew about.
Next step: Brainstorming
and developing your good informative speech topic
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