The kind of research and preparation that you do for a speech depends on what kind of speech you are writing.
Is it informational? For example, are you describing a health topic or a work of fiction? If so, you will likely use scholarly resources to write your speech.
Is it persuasive? For example, are you trying to influence how your audience thinks about a two-sided topic? In this case, you will likely utilize news resources or a viewpoints database resource.
Either way, once you have a topic, or list of topics, ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I interested in the topic?
- Will I enjoy researching this topic?
- Will I enjoy talking about this topic and sharing this information with my audience?
- Will my audience be interested in my topic?
- Am I passionate about this topic?
If you can answer yes to all of the above questions, then you have selected a good topic for you and your audience.
Selecting a Topic
The Montante Family Library provides access to the following databases and websites that contain a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 19,000 pro/con viewpoints. They contain a variety of resource types including news, primary sources and more. These resources are particularly helpful when writing a persuasive or informative speech.
Creating Visuals for Presentation
Wordle is an application that enables you to make word clouds out of text you provide.
Google Maps provides interactive maps and aerial/satellite imagery of many countries.
Flickr is an online photo management and sharing application.
Life Photo Archive includes a searchable database of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today.
It is important that you respect any copyright or creative commons restrictions and attribute sources for any images you use.
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