To find a good speech topic and illustration ideas you need not look farther than the local news paper and TV. News, advertisements and movies are full of speech topic ideas.
I do believe Speechmastery requires the creative use of the mind. Rather than give you lists of topics, we give areas of current thinking that a good speech topic can be found within.
Just because you like a topic does not mean it is timely. The media sells what the people are interested in. If you tie your topic into those subjects you can not help but have a win-win situation.
You win because of finding a timely topic that the audience is warmed up to and along with the topic you will also find rich sources of information for your speech. They will be connected to each other and can be found in articles, stories and research papers.
Where to go to find the Good
What topics are current that could be turned into a good topic for public speaking?
Just follow the schedules of newspapers and magazines. Look at advertisements. You will notice they often appear months in advance of the time they cover. You will often find a good speech topics with the hot topics on the calendar, current subjects in the market place and in time with local interest.
The result, you can win extra attention and points from your audience. These are subjects that the media has programmed into the subliminal minds of potential audiences.
Continuing In the News Topics
The economy is a big concern. This is the time when a lot of people look into self employment.
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The human mind likes coherence. We don’t hear about looking forward to seeing the fall leaves in February. However, with spring just around the corner, home fix-up and gardening is something to look forward to after a long, cold winter.
Feed the mind what it is used to eating with good speech topic content and it will be hungry for what you have.
Here are some of the print media topics that can be speech topics in the Northern Hemisphere and especially the USA.
January Geographically Variable
February Home and Garden
April Health and Fitness
May School Graduation, Careers
July Back to School
October Philanthropy and Volunteering
January Geographically Variable
Add to this list holidays, special days, honorary days, and commemorative days. Dig a little and find some background on these days and you have an introduction and usually an illustration for your speech topic.
For instance, the start of school or college....
Decorating college dorm rooms
How to make and pack healthy lunches
Resources for parents and students
Cell phones in the classroom
Technology in the classroom
Studying for the SAT tests
The trendiest school supplies
Parents returning to school
How to know if your kid needs a tutor
CheatingGood study habits
The benefits of sleep
Acid Reflux Disease: How Sea Salt and Water Could be the Best Natural Cure.
As always, some topics are made by the news and not the season. It is always good to subscribe to some of the various news services. An excellent source of extra eyes on targeted news is Google News Alerts.
Additionally, speech topics can be found within movies that are winners at the box office. Sometimes they can be found in movies that are not winners too. Check out those movies that come from the film festivals.
Human interest stories offer good speech topics as well. A great movie to see in this regard is “Smile.” It is about the volunteer Doctors, Dentists, and Nurses who restore smiles to children born with birth defects of the lips and mouth.
Cancer Prevention and Nuclear Power Plants
Subscribe to some of the international news services as well. Get news from outside your local sources. Start watching documentaries and listening to news content from outside your home country. Our home grown news will always have a local slant or interest behind it. If you see how other people see the same news, you will open your perspective. This will open your mind and make possible an enriched dialog with the audiences you speak to.
Word of Caution
When can a good speech topic become not so good?
Some topics in the news are heavily reported on. To make a speech on them would only further inflict information on the readers they are already overburdened with. Unless you have something truly new and fresh, don’t tackle subjects that have extensive and long running coverage on.
I am constantly amazed at running into people I personally know in all parts of the world, at all different times. This world is really not so big after all. Perhaps the good speech topics you will find we share with our neighbors and are in the end, quite common.
May all of your topics be good and all of your speeches be great.