Finding and Developing a Topic for an Original Oratory
Introduction• Who am I?• What are we talking  about today?• Remember to ask  questions as we go  along if you have them
What is an Oratory topic?• Topics for original oratories most often  identify societal problems• Topics are conceptual not...
What is an Oratory topic?• Topics for original oratories most often  identify societal problems• Topics are conceptual not...
Examples of Past Topics • Ugly Duckling Syndrome • Friendship is a shell of what it used   to be • We’ve lost imagination ...
What is an Oratory topic?• Topics for original oratories most often  identify societal problems• Topics are conceptual not...
Specific VS Conceptual Problems
What is an Oratory topic?• Topics for original oratories most often  identify societal problems• Topics are conceptual not...
Finding a Personal Connection      Start with an example, fact, or idea        that you feel passionate about• Look to you...
10 Things• Compile a list of 10 things you would change  about the world• Each item must be accompanied by an  example, fa...
10 Things• Identify top 5 items that you have strongest  connection to• Cross off any ideas that are cliché or trite, or  ...
What is an Oratory topic?• Topics for original oratories most often  identify societal problems• Topics are conceptual not...
Qualities of a Good Topic • Validity • Relevance • Depth • Digestibility
Choosing a Topic• Once you have 1-2 good topic ideas you should begin  developing them• Write a purpose statement   • Fini...
Naming Your Topic • Naming is the process of finding   the correct way to frame or “name”   your topic so that it is the m...
Writing a Thesis        • Your thesis statement is what will          drive your entire speech        • It must be clear a...
Next Steps •   Research •   Chose organizational pattern •   Write outline •   Write draft •   Edit •   Memorize •   Pract...
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  1. 1. Finding and Developing a Topic for an Original Oratory
  2. 2. Introduction• Who am I?• What are we talking about today?• Remember to ask questions as we go along if you have them
  3. 3. What is an Oratory topic?• Topics for original oratories most often identify societal problems• Topics are conceptual not specific problems• Topics must be something you have a personal connection/commitment to• Topics must have the qualities of a good topic
  4. 4. What is an Oratory topic?• Topics for original oratories most often identify societal problems• Topics are conceptual not specific problems• Topics must be something you have a personal connection/commitment to• Topics must have the qualities of a good topic
  5. 5. Examples of Past Topics • Ugly Duckling Syndrome • Friendship is a shell of what it used to be • We’ve lost imagination • We don’t know how to forgive • We’ve stopped playing • We need to learn to be better leaders by being better followers • We are not grateful
  6. 6. What is an Oratory topic?• Topics for original oratories most often identify societal problems• Topics are conceptual not specific problems• Topics must be something you have a personal connection/commitment to• Topics must have the qualities of a good topic
  7. 7. Specific VS Conceptual Problems
  8. 8. What is an Oratory topic?• Topics for original oratories most often identify societal problems• Topics are conceptual not specific problems• Topics must be something you have a personal connection/commitment to• Topics must have the qualities of a good topic
  9. 9. Finding a Personal Connection Start with an example, fact, or idea that you feel passionate about• Look to your own life and to real world examples• Look to recent studies, books, or articles
  10. 10. 10 Things• Compile a list of 10 things you would change about the world• Each item must be accompanied by an example, fact, or story• Identify top 5 items that you have strongest connection to• Cross off any ideas that are cliché or trite, or overly complicated
  11. 11. 10 Things• Identify top 5 items that you have strongest connection to• Cross off any ideas that are cliché or trite, or overly complicated• Consider your audience and cross off any topics that might be too controversial, too difficult, or inappropriate for the situation• You should have 1 or 2 good ideas left
  12. 12. What is an Oratory topic?• Topics for original oratories most often identify societal problems• Topics are conceptual not specific problems• Topics must be something you have a personal connection/commitment to• Topics must have the qualities of a good topic
  13. 13. Qualities of a Good Topic • Validity • Relevance • Depth • Digestibility
  14. 14. Choosing a Topic• Once you have 1-2 good topic ideas you should begin developing them• Write a purpose statement • Finish the sentence “I want to persuade people to…”• Brainstorm problems, causes, effects, and solutions• Choose the topic that meets the quality standards and that you are most connected to
  15. 15. Naming Your Topic • Naming is the process of finding the correct way to frame or “name” your topic so that it is the most clear, interesting, and significant • Spin • Flip it! • Wrap it! • Put it in context!
  16. 16. Writing a Thesis • Your thesis statement is what will drive your entire speech • It must be clear and have depth • It must identify the problem you are addressing and what that problem does.EXAMPLE: “We have become our own biggest critics– ruthless down to the nitty gritty details, which is oftenincredibly paralyzing.”
  17. 17. Next Steps • Research • Chose organizational pattern • Write outline • Write draft • Edit • Memorize • Practice • Perform

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