Need an Informative Speech Topic?
I've never had trouble choosing an informative speech
topic- I started speaking after I was already learning
alternative health, and there's plenty that people don't
know about that.
What makes a good or bad informative speech topic?
(Read on, or skip down to a list of possible
topics) I was already part of the way there- my speech
topic was interesting. So when you choose your informative
speech topic, don't pick something your audience is going to groan
about as soon as they hear it! Gun control has been done. Drunk
driving is old. Abortion is too polarized. You California
coast vacation? No one cares. Legalizing marijuana... all
of these are a death sentence, and so is capital punishment. You
can't talk about them without bias, and even if you could your
audience won't put aside theirs. Save them for a challenging persuasive
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 informative speech topic 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!
What does Toastmasters say about informative speech topics?
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, your informative speech topic 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 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.
List of good Informative Speech topics:
Work experience (past and present)
Special skills or knowledge
Hobbies, sports, recreation,
society, family, etc.)
Force yourself to list at least five things under
Another method for finding your topic is to
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