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COMM 1210 (Introduction to Public Speaking)

Speech Topic Ideas

Below are some links to sources on various topic ideas for informative and persuasive speeches. Hopefully these will generate some ideas for you to research and present.

Speech Topics Help: Includes a side bar navigation on the variety of speech types. Click the genre of speech and see a list of possible topics.


Ideas for Informative Speeches

Best Speech Topics


Ideas for Persuasive Speeches

Good Persuasive Speech Topics (a site approximately 42 controversial topics; all sources are cited and referenced)

Sources for Topic Ideas

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News Sources

Refer to the Evaluating Sources tab for information on determining the bias of a news outlet, and for determining whether the "news" item is fake news.