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 PulseMed.org
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
- 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:
- List of example informative
- How to get
an idea informative speech topic.
- (THIS PAGE) Brainstorming (fleshing out)
a good informative speech topic
including a beautifully messy scanned copy of my own brainstorming
- An informative
speech outline sample
- How to create
your own informative speech outline
to write a informative speech
- The text
of my free informative speech, and then finally...
- 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
- 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