Informative Speech Topics
Consider the following list of topics that are guaranteed to keep any audience intimidated. Make sure you also check out some insightful info that follows.
- Nuclear fusion and how it works
- Polar expeditions and how to make one
- Caucasian Shepherd – the largest bog breed in the world
- Resource-based economy and why we should adopt it
- Board games of the world
- Curling and its history
- Exotic species of animals and plants
- Internal combustion engine and how it works
- The making of alcohol
- Marijuana and its impact on human body
- Interpretations of national flags
- Strange dining customs of the world
We all want to be heard. Regardless of how important our message is, it is essential that each and everyone’s point of view on whichever topic is respected. The possibility of being heard is one of the primary foundations of equality and justice among people. It is no accident that we have adopted democracy as our political system – a system where everyone’s voice is meant to be heard and taken into account. In fact, being heard has always been part of our relatively immediate needs. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs, self-esteem and self-actualization respectively involve acceptance by others and the realization of individual potential. Having your voice heard is certainly part of both of these.
It must be clear that being heard is not the same as being listened to. Listening is solely a physical activity which does not require the listener to think. Having someone hear you (in the metaphorical sense of the word “hear”), on the other hand, implies listener’s mental participation in the process of communication. In other words, “hearing” stands for the intake of the communicated info in a thoughtful manner.
The metaphorical meaning of the word “to hear” is shown well in a contemporary movie “Avatar” directed by James Cameron. In the movie, a tribe of natives has a culture of saying “I hear you” instead of “I understand you”.
Getting people to hear you and not to listen to you is what makes a skillful public speaker. The audience must be compassionate about what the speech is on and thoughtful on the issue. This is not easy to achieve. It takes years and years to develop a public speaking skill to a level where the complexity of the topic won’t matter anymore. If you are not a professional public speaker yet, which you are almost certainly not, you better prepare well for your speech.
Yet, it is not only good presentation skills that make for good comprehension of the subject. The degree of listener-friendliness of the subject also matters. If you are free to choose any topic you want, you better give it a good thought. Keeping your audience intrigued should be your aim number one. It is best to present a topic in a way, in which the communicated info will somehow touch onto the audience. Make sure you speak of a contemporary practical issue. Otherwise, the audience won’t consider the information you communicate attention-worthy and you will fail.
The demographic of the audience is very important. If you are presenting to a high school class, you better not be speaking about the structure of the U.S. government or about some political issue. If you are presenting to a college crowd, it is reasonable to expect heightened interest in the employment-related topics. Once again, know your audience and get yourself heard.
In order to better understand the importance of being heard, consider the fact that some people are really loud in how they talk and some people are really quiet. It is often so that quiet talkers are heard more often, as it appears they simply don’t need to raise their voice to be heard. It also appears that the frequency of vibrations, which makes for the volume of the speech, is directly related to the way the individual’s childhood opinions were treated. If you grow up among others disrespecting or dismissing your opinions, you are almost certain to become a loud talker. Everyone has at least one friend who is always louder than necessary (louder in the sense of voice and not in the sense of behavior).
Overall, make sure you are being smart about picking a topic and about choosing a way to present it. Don’t forget to conduct an in-depth analysis of the demographic of the audience and create a well-laid out map of whatever you are presenting on.
Author: Veronica Bryant