Good Informative Speech Topic

Brian Carter, acupuncturist, herbalist, and author

Brian Carter

Good Informative Speech Topic
by Brian Benjamin Carter, MS, LAc

Brian has been a public speaker for five years, and has been a guest on national radio shows, and is president of his local speaking club, Toastmasters of La Jolla. He teaches at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and maintains a private practice in San Diego, California, and is the author of Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind: How to Heal Yourself with Foods, Herbs, and Acupressure.


If you're looking for a good informative speech topic, you've come to the right place. You're getting that and so much more...

First, if this is the first page you've seen on about speaking, view our other speech writing and giving resources, including a bunch more pages on writing and giving an informative speech.

I've given a list of informative speech topics elsewhere, and also written a guide on how to brainstorm an idea informative speech topic, so I won't go into that here. What I'm going to talk about on this page is Step One of my 6 step process for writing an informative speech of your own.

The good informative speech topic that is my example for you (so I can teach you how to write your own) is one I did not too long ago at the above-mentioned Toastmasters of La Jolla club. It was about yin and yang. What made this a good informative speech topic was that:

  • It was foreign (the words themselves are jargon, and jargon is a no-no, an immediate obstacle to overcome - I like it!),
  • It's an abstract concept, and many people have more trouble understanding purely conceptual things.
  • Often misunderstood, and people can't even pronounce yang correctly. So
  • People need to hear about it.
  • Yet, it's ultimately a quite simple duality, so I could manage to cover it in the 6-8 minutes I was allotted. (Trying to put to much in and thus going over time is a common mistake of new speakers)

This was a good informative speech topic because it was a personal challenge for me in a few different ways. I like to stretch myself and grow, to try to think of ways to deal with whatever obstacle to successful communication might come up.

Here is my 8 step process so you can see how to do write a informative speech, and the pages to read about them:

  1. List of example informative speech topics
  2. How to get an idea informative speech topic.
  3. (THIS PAGE) Brainstorming (fleshing out) a good informative speech topic
    including a beautifully messy scanned copy of my own brainstorming notes

  4. An informative speech outline sample
  5. How to create your own informative speech outline
  6. How to write a informative speech
  7. The text of my free informative speech, and then finally...
  8. The audio mp3 of this example of informative speech along with full notes on why I performed it the way I did.

So, now that I had a good topic, it was time to flesh it out. Brainstorming is a creative process, so turn off the judging criticizing part of your brain and just write down whatever comes to mind- don't even worry about organizing it. Click for a jpg of my original brainstorming session for the yin and yang speech. I put the red type over the notes to show you where in the outline each brainstorm part ended up going.

The next step is to check out an informative speech outline sample.


  • But if you're pressed for time and already have a topic, at least go back and read steps 5 and 6.
  • If you're nervous about giving your talk, or want to know more about
    • Getting the audience into it
    • Getting your points across
    • Not putting them to sleep, and
    • Feeling good about it after you're done giving it
    • ... then you need to listen to the audio example of informative speech and read my notes on the performance.

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Good Informative Speech Topic - Yin and Yang