media and Internet prompts
Sources such as newspapers, magazines, and the electronic media that can suggest ideas for speech topics.
Changes to customary patters of thinking to encourage creative exploration.
Using questions often employed by journalists to explore topic possibilities for speeches (who, what, why, when, were, and how)
The speaker’s intention to inform or persuade listeners or to celebrate some person or occasion.
The speaker’s particular goal or the response that the speaker wishes to evoke.
Summarizes in a single sentence the central idea of your speech.
Identifying large topic areas that might generate successful speeches.
Examining large topic areas to pinpoint more-precise speech topics.
Framing the general and specific purposes of a speech topic and a thesis statement.
Technique that encourages the free play of the mind to generate a list of ideas for later careful consideration.
Visual displays of speaker or audience interests, as prompted by probe questions.
topic area inventory chart
A means of determining possible speech topics by listing topics you and your listeners find interesting and matching them.