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Choosing a Topic

Finding and Selecting a Topic

Establishing a Purpose and a Thesis

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Finding and Selecting a Topic
• The Importance of Choosing a Good Topic
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Choosing a Topic > Finding and Selecting a Topic

The Importance of Choosing a Good Topic
• A good topic is one in which t...
Choosing a Topic > Finding and Selecting a Topic

Your Areas of Expertise
• Considering your expert areas can help you dec...
Choosing a Topic > Finding and Selecting a Topic

Your Areas of Interest
• An interest is something that you are aware of ...
Choosing a Topic > Finding and Selecting a Topic

Brainstorming
• Brainstorming can be a helpful way to find the topic for...
Choosing a Topic > Finding and Selecting a Topic

Scoping Your Topic
• Scoping your topic is identifying the subtopics rel...
Choosing a Topic > Establishing a Purpose and a Thesis

Establishing a Purpose and a Thesis
• General Purpose
• Specific P...
Choosing a Topic > Establishing a Purpose and a Thesis

General Purpose
• Think of a speech as an inverted pyramid, with t...
Choosing a Topic > Establishing a Purpose and a Thesis

Specific Purpose
• Consider the general purpose of the speech: is ...
Choosing a Topic > Establishing a Purpose and a Thesis

Defining the Thesis
• A thesis statement contains all the main poi...
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Key terms
• brainstorming A method of problem solving in which individuals or members of a group contrib...
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• thesis A concise summary of the argument or main points, usually one to three sentences long.

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Enthusiastic About Her Topic

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AVIDAC, one of the earliest digital computers, in 1953.

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A stamp collection

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Wikime...
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Lightning strikes in a brainstorm too!

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Aim for the bull's eye

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Wi...
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Think of your speech like an inverted pyramid.

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A corkscrew is a specific purpose tool.

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Thesis

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Flickr. "All sizes...
Choosing a Topic

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

A) brainstorming

B) expert

C) choose

D) topi...
Choosing a Topic

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

A) brainstorming

B) expert

C) choose

D) topi...
Choosing a Topic

_______ is an acronym for Sincerity, Enthusiasm, Confidence,
and Simplicity, qualities and abilities nee...
Choosing a Topic

_______ is an acronym for Sincerity, Enthusiasm, Confidence,
and Simplicity, qualities and abilities nee...
Choosing a Topic

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

A) anecdote

B) credibility

C) introduction

D...
Choosing a Topic

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

A) anecdote

B) credibility

C) introduction

D...
Choosing a Topic

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

A) topic

B) thesis

C) ethnocentrism

D) write...
Choosing a Topic

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

A) topic

B) thesis

C) ethnocentrism

D) write...
Choosing a Topic

According to John Zimmer, what is most important to consider
when choosing a topic?
A) Choosing a topic ...
Choosing a Topic

According to John Zimmer, what is most important to consider
when choosing a topic?
A) Choosing a topic ...
Choosing a Topic

What does the acronym SECS stand for?

A) Sincerity, Enthusiasm, Confidence, and Simplicity

B) Sincerit...
Choosing a Topic

What does the acronym SECS stand for?

A) Sincerity, Enthusiasm, Confidence, and Simplicity

B) Sincerit...
Choosing a Topic

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

A) brainstorming

B) expert

C) knowledge

D) t...
Choosing a Topic

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

A) brainstorming

B) expert

C) knowledge

D) t...
Choosing a Topic

Familiarity or understanding of a particular skill, branch of
learning, etc.
A) knowledge

B) persuasive...
Choosing a Topic

Familiarity or understanding of a particular skill, branch of
learning, etc.
A) knowledge

B) persuasive...
Choosing a Topic

Familiarity or understanding of a particular skill, branch of
learning, etc.
A) co-located

B) knowledge...
Choosing a Topic

Familiarity or understanding of a particular skill, branch of
learning, etc.
A) co-located

B) knowledge...
Choosing a Topic

A person with extensive knowledge or ability in a given subject.

A) brainstorming

B) choose

C) narrow...
Choosing a Topic

A person with extensive knowledge or ability in a given subject.

A) brainstorming

B) choose

C) narrow...
Choosing a Topic

Familiarity or understanding of a particular skill, branch of
learning, etc.
A) knowledge

B) topic

C) ...
Choosing a Topic

Familiarity or understanding of a particular skill, branch of
learning, etc.
A) knowledge

B) topic

C) ...
Choosing a Topic

Which of the following is a benefit of speaking about a topic you
are an expert in?
A) You won't have to...
Choosing a Topic

Which of the following is a benefit of speaking about a topic you
are an expert in?
A) You won't have to...
Choosing a Topic

great skill or knowledge in a particular field or hobby

A) expertise

B) brainstorming

C) topic

D) na...
Choosing a Topic

great skill or knowledge in a particular field or hobby

A) expertise

B) brainstorming

C) topic

D) na...
Choosing a Topic

Why should you focus on choosing a topic in which you have an
interest rather than a topic in which you ...
Choosing a Topic

Why should you focus on choosing a topic in which you have an
interest rather than a topic in which you ...
Choosing a Topic

A great attention and concern from someone or something;
intellectual curiosity.
A) expert

B) narrow

C...
Choosing a Topic

A great attention and concern from someone or something;
intellectual curiosity.
A) expert

B) narrow

C...
Choosing a Topic

A method of problem solving in which individuals or members of a
group contribute ideas spontaneously.
A...
Choosing a Topic

A method of problem solving in which individuals or members of a
group contribute ideas spontaneously.
A...
Choosing a Topic

A method of problem solving in which individuals or members of a
group contribute ideas spontaneously.
A...
Choosing a Topic

A method of problem solving in which individuals or members of a
group contribute ideas spontaneously.
A...
Choosing a Topic

Which of the following describes a benefit of brainstorming for
generating topic ideas?
A) Brainstorming...
Choosing a Topic

Which of the following describes a benefit of brainstorming for
generating topic ideas?
A) Brainstorming...
Choosing a Topic

A method of problem solving in which individuals or members of a
group contribute ideas spontaneously.
A...
Choosing a Topic

A method of problem solving in which individuals or members of a
group contribute ideas spontaneously.
A...
Choosing a Topic

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

A) brainstorming

B) topic

C) expert

D) knowl...
Choosing a Topic

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

A) brainstorming

B) topic

C) expert

D) knowl...
Choosing a Topic

To reduce in width or extent; to contract.

A) narrow

B) topic

C) choose

D) knowledge

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Choosing a Topic

To reduce in width or extent; to contract.

A) narrow

B) topic

C) choose

D) knowledge

Free to share,...
Choosing a Topic

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

A) brainstorming

B) expert

C) choose

D) topi...
Choosing a Topic

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

A) brainstorming

B) expert

C) choose

D) topi...
Choosing a Topic

The extent of the area or subject matter that something deals with
or to which it is relevant.
A) brains...
Choosing a Topic

The extent of the area or subject matter that something deals with
or to which it is relevant.
A) brains...
Choosing a Topic

Which of the following will help determine how narrow or broad
your scope should be?
A) The number of su...
Choosing a Topic

Which of the following will help determine how narrow or broad
your scope should be?
A) The number of su...
Choosing a Topic

The extent of the area or subject matter that something deals with
or to which it is relevant.
A) memora...
Choosing a Topic

The extent of the area or subject matter that something deals with
or to which it is relevant.
A) memora...
Choosing a Topic

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

A) thesis

B) topic

C) ethnocentrism

D) write...
Choosing a Topic

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

A) thesis

B) topic

C) ethnocentrism

D) write...
Choosing a Topic

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

A) topic

B) anecdote

C) credibility

D) intro...
Choosing a Topic

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

A) topic

B) anecdote

C) credibility

D) intro...
Choosing a Topic

If the topic of your speech is, for example, "How to run a
successful small business through the utiliza...
Choosing a Topic

If the topic of your speech is, for example, "How to run a
successful small business through the utiliza...
Choosing a Topic

A result that is desired; an intention.

A) thesis

B) purpose

C) expert

D) specific

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Choosing a Topic

A result that is desired; an intention.

A) thesis

B) purpose

C) expert

D) specific

Free to share, p...
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Which of the following is NOT a type of public speaking?

A) Informative

B) Exploratory

C) Persuasive
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Which of the following is NOT a type of public speaking?

A) Informative

B) Exploratory

C) Persuasive
...
Choosing a Topic

A result that is desired; an intention.

A) thesis

B) purpose

C) expert

D) general

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Choosing a Topic

A result that is desired; an intention.

A) thesis

B) purpose

C) expert

D) general

Free to share, pr...
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Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of
something, ignoring minor details; indefinite...
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Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of
something, ignoring minor details; indefinite...
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Explicit or definite.

A) thesis

B) purpose

C) general

D) specific

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Explicit or definite.

A) thesis

B) purpose

C) general

D) specific

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The specific purpose of a speech occupies which level of the
inverted pyramid model of persuasive speaki...
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The specific purpose of a speech occupies which level of the
inverted pyramid model of persuasive speaki...
Choosing a Topic

A result that is desired; an intention.

A) thesis

B) purpose

C) expert

D) specific

Free to share, p...
Choosing a Topic

A result that is desired; an intention.

A) thesis

B) purpose

C) expert

D) specific

Free to share, p...
Choosing a Topic

A speaker's presentation is structured along the following main
points: 1) families with young children ...
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A speaker's presentation is structured along the following main
points: 1) families with young children ...
Choosing a Topic

A concise summary of the argument or main points, usually one to
three sentences long.
A) thesis

B) pla...
Choosing a Topic

A concise summary of the argument or main points, usually one to
three sentences long.
A) thesis

B) pla...
Choosing a Topic

What is the purpose of a thesis in a speech?

A) To construct the structural outline of your speech.

B)...
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What is the purpose of a thesis in a speech?

A) To construct the structural outline of your speech.

B)...
Choosing a Topic

A concise summary of the argument or main points, usually one to
three sentences long.
A) anecdote

B) t...
Choosing a Topic

A concise summary of the argument or main points, usually one to
three sentences long.
A) anecdote

B) t...
Choosing a Topic

A concise summary of the argument or main points, usually one to
three sentences long.
A) purpose

B) sp...
Choosing a Topic

A concise summary of the argument or main points, usually one to
three sentences long.
A) purpose

B) sp...
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  1. 1. Choosing a Topic Finding and Selecting a Topic Establishing a Purpose and a Thesis Boundless.com/communications Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  2. 2. Choosing a Topic > Finding and Selecting a Topic Finding and Selecting a Topic • The Importance of Choosing a Good Topic • Your Areas of Expertise • Your Areas of Interest • Brainstorming • Scoping Your Topic Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com www.boundless.com/communications
  3. 3. Choosing a Topic > Finding and Selecting a Topic The Importance of Choosing a Good Topic • A good topic is one in which the audience can identify with. • A good topic will help you be sincere. • A good topic will genuinely enthuse you. • A good topic will give you the confidence you need to deliver a good speech. • Choosing a good topic, one that you know about and are comfortable speaking about, will help you keep it simple. Enthusiastic About Her Topic View on Boundless.com Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com www.boundless.com/communications/choosing-a-topic/finding-and-selecting-a-topic/the-importance-of-choosing-a-good-topic
  4. 4. Choosing a Topic > Finding and Selecting a Topic Your Areas of Expertise • Considering your expert areas can help you decide what topic you will speak about. • An expert area is one where you have knowledge that most people do not. • Choosing an expert area for a topic has an advantage because you already have the knowledge, which makes it easier to explain to an audience. AVIDAC, one of the earliest digital computers, in 1953. View on Boundless.com Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com www.boundless.com/communications/choosing-a-topic/finding-and-selecting-a-topic/your-areas-of-expertise
  5. 5. Choosing a Topic > Finding and Selecting a Topic Your Areas of Interest • An interest is something that you are aware of but don't know much about. • Think about what intrigues you about the area you are interested in. • Choosing something you are interested in as a topic will likely turn you from a novice to an authority. A stamp collection View on Boundless.com Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com www.boundless.com/communications/choosing-a-topic/finding-and-selecting-a-topic/your-areas-of-interest
  6. 6. Choosing a Topic > Finding and Selecting a Topic Brainstorming • Brainstorming can be a helpful way to find the topic for your speech. • Brainstorming is a helpful method to generate a large numbers of ideas in a spontaneous manner. • During a brainstorming session, give yourself a time limit and then let yourself consider any thoughts you have in considering what the topic of your speech will be. Lightning strikes in a brainstorm too! View on Boundless.com Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com www.boundless.com/communications/choosing-a-topic/finding-and-selecting-a-topic/brainstorming
  7. 7. Choosing a Topic > Finding and Selecting a Topic Scoping Your Topic • Scoping your topic is identifying the subtopics related to the general topic your speech will address. • The amount of time allowed for the speech will help determine how narrow or broad the scope should be. A broader scope will take more time to explain, while narrowing will allow you to cover the material in less time. • If your goal is to include more detailed information, narrowing your scope will allow you to analyze your topic more completely. Aim for the bull's eye View on Boundless.com Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com www.boundless.com/communications/choosing-a-topic/finding-and-selecting-a-topic/scoping-your-topic
  8. 8. Choosing a Topic > Establishing a Purpose and a Thesis Establishing a Purpose and a Thesis • General Purpose • Specific Purpose • Defining the Thesis Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com www.boundless.com/communications
  9. 9. Choosing a Topic > Establishing a Purpose and a Thesis General Purpose • Think of a speech as an inverted pyramid, with the topic being the widest section. From there, refine down into the purpose, followed by thesis, evidence, and arguments. • Speeches typically serve four general purposes: to inform, persuade, instruct, or entertain. • By taking a step back to examine the general purpose of the speech, a speaker reinforces his or her thoughts and ideas by making sure that everything presented to argue your case aligns to that general purpose. Anything that takes away from that purpose should be omitted from the speech. Think of your speech like an inverted pyramid. View on Boundless.com Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com www.boundless.com/communications/choosing-a-topic/establishing-a-purpose-and-a-thesis/general-purpose
  10. 10. Choosing a Topic > Establishing a Purpose and a Thesis Specific Purpose • Consider the general purpose of the speech: is it instructing, informing, persuading, or entertaining? • From there, incorporate the topic into the purpose. Is the speech instructing, informing, persuading, or entertaining about X? • Going from the general to the specific is all about refinement. • Crafting the speech is a balance of reinforcing the general purpose while being specific enough to make a case. A corkscrew is a specific purpose tool. View on Boundless.com Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com www.boundless.com/communications/choosing-a-topic/establishing-a-purpose-and-a-thesis/specific-purpose
  11. 11. Choosing a Topic > Establishing a Purpose and a Thesis Defining the Thesis • A thesis statement contains all the main points of your speech, captured in anywhere from one to three sentences. • A thesis lets your audience know what your speech is going to show, demonstrate or argue. • Introduce your thesis early in your speech and reiterate it again at the conclusion. • To craft your thesis statement, think about the take-home message you wish to leave with your audience. From there, refine and hone that message until you have one to five main points to use in order to achieve your speech's purpose. Thesis View on Boundless.com Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com www.boundless.com/communications/choosing-a-topic/establishing-a-purpose-and-a-thesis/defining-the-thesis
  12. 12. Appendix Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  13. 13. Choosing a Topic Key terms • brainstorming A method of problem solving in which individuals or members of a group contribute ideas spontaneously. (CC BY-SA 3.0) • expert A person with extensive knowledge or ability in a given subject. (CC BY-SA 3.0) • expertise great skill or knowledge in a particular field or hobby (CC BY-SA 3.0) • general Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of something, ignoring minor details; indefinite. (CC BY-SA 3.0) • interest A great attention and concern from someone or something; intellectual curiosity. (CC BY-SA 3.0) • knowledge Familiarity or understanding of a particular skill, branch of learning, etc. (CC BY-SA 3.0) • narrow To reduce in width or extent; to contract. (CC BY-SA 3.0) • purpose A result that is desired; an intention. (CC BY-SA 3.0) • purpose A result that is desired; an intention. (CC BY-SA 3.0) • scope The extent of the area or subject matter that something deals with or to which it is relevant. (CC BY-SA 3.0) • SECS SECS is an acronym for Sincerity, Enthusiasm, Confidence, and Simplicity, qualities and abilities needed to become a good public speaker. (CC BY-SA 3.0) • specific Explicit or definite. (CC BY-SA 3.0) Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  14. 14. Choosing a Topic • thesis A concise summary of the argument or main points, usually one to three sentences long. (CC BY-SA 3.0) • topic Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest. (CC BY-SA 3.0) • topic Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest. (CC BY-SA 3.0) Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  15. 15. Choosing a Topic Enthusiastic About Her Topic Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Flickr. "Enthusiasm about technology | Flickr - Photo Sharing!." CC BY-SA http://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/5577747892 View on Boundless.com
  16. 16. Choosing a Topic AVIDAC, one of the earliest digital computers, in 1953. Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wikimedia. "AVIDAC -- First Argonne Computer (1953)." CC BY-SA http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AVIDAC_--_First_Argonne_Computer_(1953).jpg View on Boundless.com
  17. 17. Choosing a Topic A stamp collection Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wikimedia. "My stamp collection book opened." CC BY http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:My_stamp_collection_book_opened.jpg View on Boundless.com
  18. 18. Choosing a Topic Lightning strikes in a brainstorm too! Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wikimedia. "Hazaribagh Storm." CC BY-SA http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hazaribagh_Storm.jpg View on Boundless.com
  19. 19. Choosing a Topic Aim for the bull's eye Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wikimedia. "Archery target." CC BY http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Archery_target.jpg View on Boundless.com
  20. 20. Choosing a Topic Think of your speech like an inverted pyramid. Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Flickr. "The inverted pyramid beneath the Louvre | Flickr - Photo Sharing!." CC BY-SA http://www.flickr.com/photos/ijansch/3093254101/ View on Boundless.com
  21. 21. Choosing a Topic A corkscrew is a specific purpose tool. Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wikimedia. "Winged corkscrew." CC BY http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Winged_corkscrew.jpg View on Boundless.com
  22. 22. Choosing a Topic Thesis Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Flickr. "All sizes | To the Moon! | Flickr - Photo Sharing!." CC BY-SA http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielwilliams/8076131296/sizes/l/ View on Boundless.com
  23. 23. Choosing a Topic Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest. A) brainstorming B) expert C) choose D) topic Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  24. 24. Choosing a Topic Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest. A) brainstorming B) expert C) choose D) topic Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "topic." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/topic
  25. 25. Choosing a Topic _______ is an acronym for Sincerity, Enthusiasm, Confidence, and Simplicity, qualities and abilities needed to become a good public speaker. A) expert B) interest C) SECS D) narrow Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  26. 26. Choosing a Topic _______ is an acronym for Sincerity, Enthusiasm, Confidence, and Simplicity, qualities and abilities needed to become a good public speaker. A) expert B) interest C) SECS D) narrow Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wikipedia. "SECS." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SECS
  27. 27. Choosing a Topic Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest. A) anecdote B) credibility C) introduction D) topic Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  28. 28. Choosing a Topic Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest. A) anecdote B) credibility C) introduction D) topic Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "topic." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/topic
  29. 29. Choosing a Topic Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest. A) topic B) thesis C) ethnocentrism D) writer's block Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  30. 30. Choosing a Topic Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest. A) topic B) thesis C) ethnocentrism D) writer's block Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "topic." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/topic
  31. 31. Choosing a Topic According to John Zimmer, what is most important to consider when choosing a topic? A) Choosing a topic that your audience is interested in. B) Choosing a topic that is universally interesting. C) Choosing a topic with which your audience can identify. D) Choosing a topic that finds humor in material that everyone can relate to. Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  32. 32. Choosing a Topic According to John Zimmer, what is most important to consider when choosing a topic? A) Choosing a topic that your audience is interested in. B) Choosing a topic that is universally interesting. C) Choosing a topic with which your audience can identify. D) Choosing a topic that finds humor in material that everyone can relate to. Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Boundless - LO. "Boundless." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://www.boundless.com/
  33. 33. Choosing a Topic What does the acronym SECS stand for? A) Sincerity, Enthusiasm, Confidence, and Simplicity B) Sincerity, Earnestness, Confidence, and Simplicity C) Seriousness, Enthusiasm, Confidence, and Simplicity D) Seriousness, Enthusiasm, Clarity, and Synergy Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  34. 34. Choosing a Topic What does the acronym SECS stand for? A) Sincerity, Enthusiasm, Confidence, and Simplicity B) Sincerity, Earnestness, Confidence, and Simplicity C) Seriousness, Enthusiasm, Confidence, and Simplicity D) Seriousness, Enthusiasm, Clarity, and Synergy Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Boundless - LO. "Boundless." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://www.boundless.com/
  35. 35. Choosing a Topic Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest. A) brainstorming B) expert C) knowledge D) topic Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  36. 36. Choosing a Topic Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest. A) brainstorming B) expert C) knowledge D) topic Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "topic." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/topic
  37. 37. Choosing a Topic Familiarity or understanding of a particular skill, branch of learning, etc. A) knowledge B) persuasive speech C) topic outline D) sentence outline Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  38. 38. Choosing a Topic Familiarity or understanding of a particular skill, branch of learning, etc. A) knowledge B) persuasive speech C) topic outline D) sentence outline Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "knowledge." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/knowledge
  39. 39. Choosing a Topic Familiarity or understanding of a particular skill, branch of learning, etc. A) co-located B) knowledge C) psychographics D) favorability Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  40. 40. Choosing a Topic Familiarity or understanding of a particular skill, branch of learning, etc. A) co-located B) knowledge C) psychographics D) favorability Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "knowledge." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/knowledge
  41. 41. Choosing a Topic A person with extensive knowledge or ability in a given subject. A) brainstorming B) choose C) narrow D) expert Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  42. 42. Choosing a Topic A person with extensive knowledge or ability in a given subject. A) brainstorming B) choose C) narrow D) expert Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "expert." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/expert
  43. 43. Choosing a Topic Familiarity or understanding of a particular skill, branch of learning, etc. A) knowledge B) topic C) choose D) interest Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  44. 44. Choosing a Topic Familiarity or understanding of a particular skill, branch of learning, etc. A) knowledge B) topic C) choose D) interest Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "knowledge." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/knowledge
  45. 45. Choosing a Topic Which of the following is a benefit of speaking about a topic you are an expert in? A) You won't have to do as much research. B) You already have the knowledge, which makes it easy to explain to an audience. C) Your speech preparation will be easy and quick. D) You can use very specific jargon to communicate ideas with more clarity. Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  46. 46. Choosing a Topic Which of the following is a benefit of speaking about a topic you are an expert in? A) You won't have to do as much research. B) You already have the knowledge, which makes it easy to explain to an audience. C) Your speech preparation will be easy and quick. D) You can use very specific jargon to communicate ideas with more clarity. Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Boundless - LO. "Boundless." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://www.boundless.com/
  47. 47. Choosing a Topic great skill or knowledge in a particular field or hobby A) expertise B) brainstorming C) topic D) narrow Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  48. 48. Choosing a Topic great skill or knowledge in a particular field or hobby A) expertise B) brainstorming C) topic D) narrow Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "expertise." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/expertise
  49. 49. Choosing a Topic Why should you focus on choosing a topic in which you have an interest rather than a topic in which you are an expert? A) Because experts are not able to think objectively about their topic. B) Because your inquisitiveness in the topic will draw your audience in. C) Because if you already know everything about the topic, you are more likely to use confusing jargon. D) Because it's more interesting to listen to a speech from a layperson than from an expert. Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  50. 50. Choosing a Topic Why should you focus on choosing a topic in which you have an interest rather than a topic in which you are an expert? A) Because experts are not able to think objectively about their topic. B) Because your inquisitiveness in the topic will draw your audience in. C) Because if you already know everything about the topic, you are more likely to use confusing jargon. D) Because it's more interesting to listen to a speech from a layperson than from an expert. Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Boundless - LO. "Boundless." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://www.boundless.com/
  51. 51. Choosing a Topic A great attention and concern from someone or something; intellectual curiosity. A) expert B) narrow C) interest D) scope Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  52. 52. Choosing a Topic A great attention and concern from someone or something; intellectual curiosity. A) expert B) narrow C) interest D) scope Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "interest." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/interest
  53. 53. Choosing a Topic A method of problem solving in which individuals or members of a group contribute ideas spontaneously. A) verbatim B) extemporaneous C) brainstorming D) chronological Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  54. 54. Choosing a Topic A method of problem solving in which individuals or members of a group contribute ideas spontaneously. A) verbatim B) extemporaneous C) brainstorming D) chronological Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "brainstorming." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/brainstorming
  55. 55. Choosing a Topic A method of problem solving in which individuals or members of a group contribute ideas spontaneously. A) segue B) reiterate C) brainstorming D) transition Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  56. 56. Choosing a Topic A method of problem solving in which individuals or members of a group contribute ideas spontaneously. A) segue B) reiterate C) brainstorming D) transition Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "brainstorming." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/brainstorming
  57. 57. Choosing a Topic Which of the following describes a benefit of brainstorming for generating topic ideas? A) Brainstorming feels less stressful than other methods of generating ideas. B) All of these answers. C) Brainstorming lets you generate as many different answers to your question as come to mind. D) Brainstorming is a creative way to generate ideas. Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  58. 58. Choosing a Topic Which of the following describes a benefit of brainstorming for generating topic ideas? A) Brainstorming feels less stressful than other methods of generating ideas. B) All of these answers. C) Brainstorming lets you generate as many different answers to your question as come to mind. D) Brainstorming is a creative way to generate ideas. Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Boundless - LO. "Boundless." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://www.boundless.com/
  59. 59. Choosing a Topic A method of problem solving in which individuals or members of a group contribute ideas spontaneously. A) brainstorming B) topic C) narrow D) scope Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  60. 60. Choosing a Topic A method of problem solving in which individuals or members of a group contribute ideas spontaneously. A) brainstorming B) topic C) narrow D) scope Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "brainstorming." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/brainstorming
  61. 61. Choosing a Topic Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest. A) brainstorming B) topic C) expert D) knowledge Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  62. 62. Choosing a Topic Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest. A) brainstorming B) topic C) expert D) knowledge Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "topic." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/topic
  63. 63. Choosing a Topic To reduce in width or extent; to contract. A) narrow B) topic C) choose D) knowledge Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  64. 64. Choosing a Topic To reduce in width or extent; to contract. A) narrow B) topic C) choose D) knowledge Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "narrow." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/narrow
  65. 65. Choosing a Topic Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest. A) brainstorming B) expert C) choose D) topic Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  66. 66. Choosing a Topic Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest. A) brainstorming B) expert C) choose D) topic Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "topic." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/topic
  67. 67. Choosing a Topic The extent of the area or subject matter that something deals with or to which it is relevant. A) brainstorming B) expert C) choose D) scope Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  68. 68. Choosing a Topic The extent of the area or subject matter that something deals with or to which it is relevant. A) brainstorming B) expert C) choose D) scope Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Boundless Learning. "Boundless." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://www.boundless.com//communications/definition/scope--2
  69. 69. Choosing a Topic Which of the following will help determine how narrow or broad your scope should be? A) The number of subtopics related to your general topic. B) The amount of time allotted for your speech. C) The size of your audience. D) The context and location of your speech. Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  70. 70. Choosing a Topic Which of the following will help determine how narrow or broad your scope should be? A) The number of subtopics related to your general topic. B) The amount of time allotted for your speech. C) The size of your audience. D) The context and location of your speech. Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Boundless - LO. "Boundless." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://www.boundless.com/
  71. 71. Choosing a Topic The extent of the area or subject matter that something deals with or to which it is relevant. A) memorable B) scope C) goal D) connection Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  72. 72. Choosing a Topic The extent of the area or subject matter that something deals with or to which it is relevant. A) memorable B) scope C) goal D) connection Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Boundless Learning. "Boundless." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://www.boundless.com//communications/definition/scope--2
  73. 73. Choosing a Topic Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest. A) thesis B) topic C) ethnocentrism D) writer's block Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  74. 74. Choosing a Topic Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest. A) thesis B) topic C) ethnocentrism D) writer's block Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "topic." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/topic
  75. 75. Choosing a Topic Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest. A) topic B) anecdote C) credibility D) introduction Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  76. 76. Choosing a Topic Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest. A) topic B) anecdote C) credibility D) introduction Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "topic." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/topic
  77. 77. Choosing a Topic If the topic of your speech is, for example, "How to run a successful small business through the utilization of social media platforms," what is the corresponding general purpose of this speech? A) To instruct. B) To entertain. C) To persuade. D) To inform. Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  78. 78. Choosing a Topic If the topic of your speech is, for example, "How to run a successful small business through the utilization of social media platforms," what is the corresponding general purpose of this speech? A) To instruct. B) To entertain. C) To persuade. D) To inform. Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Boundless - LO. "Boundless." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://www.boundless.com/
  79. 79. Choosing a Topic A result that is desired; an intention. A) thesis B) purpose C) expert D) specific Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  80. 80. Choosing a Topic A result that is desired; an intention. A) thesis B) purpose C) expert D) specific Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "purpose." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/purpose
  81. 81. Choosing a Topic Which of the following is NOT a type of public speaking? A) Informative B) Exploratory C) Persuasive D) Entertaining Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  82. 82. Choosing a Topic Which of the following is NOT a type of public speaking? A) Informative B) Exploratory C) Persuasive D) Entertaining Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Saylor OER. "Communication « Saylor.org – Free Online Courses Built by Professors." CC BY 3.0 http://www.saylor.org/majors/Communication/
  83. 83. Choosing a Topic A result that is desired; an intention. A) thesis B) purpose C) expert D) general Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  84. 84. Choosing a Topic A result that is desired; an intention. A) thesis B) purpose C) expert D) general Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "purpose." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/purpose
  85. 85. Choosing a Topic Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of something, ignoring minor details; indefinite. A) thesis B) purpose C) general D) specific Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  86. 86. Choosing a Topic Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of something, ignoring minor details; indefinite. A) thesis B) purpose C) general D) specific Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "general." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/general
  87. 87. Choosing a Topic Explicit or definite. A) thesis B) purpose C) general D) specific Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  88. 88. Choosing a Topic Explicit or definite. A) thesis B) purpose C) general D) specific Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "specific." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/specific
  89. 89. Choosing a Topic The specific purpose of a speech occupies which level of the inverted pyramid model of persuasive speaking? A) The level where the speaker instructs, informs, persuades, or entertains B) The level containing the main topic of the speech C) The level containing the thesis of the argument D) The level that fuses the topic and the general purpose Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  90. 90. Choosing a Topic The specific purpose of a speech occupies which level of the inverted pyramid model of persuasive speaking? A) The level where the speaker instructs, informs, persuades, or entertains B) The level containing the main topic of the speech C) The level containing the thesis of the argument D) The level that fuses the topic and the general purpose Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Boundless - LO. "Boundless." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://www.boundless.com/
  91. 91. Choosing a Topic A result that is desired; an intention. A) thesis B) purpose C) expert D) specific Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  92. 92. Choosing a Topic A result that is desired; an intention. A) thesis B) purpose C) expert D) specific Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Wiktionary. "purpose." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/purpose
  93. 93. Choosing a Topic A speaker's presentation is structured along the following main points: 1) families with young children do better with older, more patient dogs; 2) families with teenagers often appreciate younger, more athletic dogs; and 3) childless families often prefer dogs that are more affectionate. Based on these main points, the specific purpose of the speaker's speech is A) to explain to dog owners how to choose a second dog. B) to describe to classmates the history man’s relationship with dogs. C) to familiarize children with the different personalities of dogs. D) to help families choose a dog with the right traits. Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  94. 94. Choosing a Topic A speaker's presentation is structured along the following main points: 1) families with young children do better with older, more patient dogs; 2) families with teenagers often appreciate younger, more athletic dogs; and 3) childless families often prefer dogs that are more affectionate. Based on these main points, the specific purpose of the speaker's speech is A) to explain to dog owners how to choose a second dog. B) to describe to classmates the history man’s relationship with dogs. C) to familiarize children with the different personalities of dogs. D) to help families choose a dog with the right traits. Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Saylor OER. "Communication « Saylor.org – Free Online Courses Built by Professors." CC BY 3.0 http://www.saylor.org/majors/Communication/
  95. 95. Choosing a Topic A concise summary of the argument or main points, usually one to three sentences long. A) thesis B) plagiarism C) stereotype D) eloquence Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  96. 96. Choosing a Topic A concise summary of the argument or main points, usually one to three sentences long. A) thesis B) plagiarism C) stereotype D) eloquence Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Boundless Learning. "Boundless." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://www.boundless.com//communications/definition/thesis
  97. 97. Choosing a Topic What is the purpose of a thesis in a speech? A) To construct the structural outline of your speech. B) To articulate what your speech is going to say. C) All of these answers. D) To define what position your speech will take. Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  98. 98. Choosing a Topic What is the purpose of a thesis in a speech? A) To construct the structural outline of your speech. B) To articulate what your speech is going to say. C) All of these answers. D) To define what position your speech will take. Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Boundless - LO. "Boundless." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://www.boundless.com/
  99. 99. Choosing a Topic A concise summary of the argument or main points, usually one to three sentences long. A) anecdote B) thesis C) credibility D) introduction Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  100. 100. Choosing a Topic A concise summary of the argument or main points, usually one to three sentences long. A) anecdote B) thesis C) credibility D) introduction Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Boundless Learning. "Boundless." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://www.boundless.com//communications/definition/thesis
  101. 101. Choosing a Topic A concise summary of the argument or main points, usually one to three sentences long. A) purpose B) specific C) general D) thesis Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com
  102. 102. Choosing a Topic A concise summary of the argument or main points, usually one to three sentences long. A) purpose B) specific C) general D) thesis Free to share, print, make copies and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Boundless Learning. "Boundless." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://www.boundless.com//communications/definition/thesis
  103. 103. Choosing a Topic Attribution • Manner of Speaking. "Funny You Should Say That! | Manner of Speaking." CC BY-SA http://mannerofspeaking.org/2009/06/10/funny-you-should-say-that/ • Wikipedia. "Prewriting." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prewriting#Choosing_a_topic • Lee Hopkins. "Organizational communication barriers." CC BY-SA http://www.leehopkins.com/organizational-communicationbarriers.html • TEFL China. "Public Speaking with Sincerity Enthusiasm Confidence and Simplicity - TEFLChina." CC BY-SA http://teflchina.org/Public_Speaking_with_Sincerity_Enthusiasm_Confidence_and_Simplicity • Project Gutenberg. Public domain http://www.gutenberg.org/files/16317/16317-h/16317-h.htm#CHAPTER_XI • Project Gutenberg. Public domain http://www.gutenberg.org/files/16317/16317-h/16317-h.htm#CHAPTER_XVIII • Wikibooks. "Rhetoric and Composition/Planning and Prewriting." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Rhetoric_and_Composition/Planning_and_Prewriting#What_is_a_Brainstorm.3F • Wikipedia. "Brainstorming." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brainstorming#Individual_brainstorming • Wikibooks. "Rhetoric and Composition/Planning and Prewriting." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Rhetoric_and_Composition/Planning_and_Prewriting#How_do_I_pick_a_topic.3F • Wikipedia. "Prewriting." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prewriting#Narrowing_the_topic • Wikibooks. "Rhetoric and Composition/Oral Presentations." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Rhetoric_and_Composition/Oral_Presentations#Preparation • Wikipedia. "Prewriting." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prewriting#Narrowing_the_topic • Wikipedia. "Thesis statement." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thesis_statement • Wikibooks. "Rhetoric and Composition/Writing in the Humanities." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Rhetoric_and_Composition/Writing_in_the_Humanities#Thesis_Statement • Wikibooks. "Rhetoric and Composition/Revising." CC BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Rhetoric_and_Composition/Revising#Thesis_Statements and changes. Get yours at www.boundless.com Free to share, print, make copies
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