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Persuasive Speech: Finding a topic

Picking Your Topic


Choose a Topic

Find lists of great research paper topics, and basic information on them from the library databases and web resources:

Web Resources

  • 75 persuasive speech topics and ideas
     See the wide range of categorized topics, and other details that can help you to start with writing and presenting a persuasive speech on a topic you really care about.
  • 100 persuasive speech topics for students
    A great starting point. A site with ideas on how to choose, write and present a speech that is thought-provoking and can keep your audience engaged. Includes a great list of topics to help you prepare for it.
  • 243 Easy and simple speech topics
    Another great starting point. Pick a topic from this interesting list of topics and also learn all about writing, preparing and presenting a speech that you are interested in.

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Web sites: Finding topics

Use these resources to choose a topic to select from. You can also use the library databases on the right  to choose a topic from and start your research from there. Understand the issues. Understand each other
A leading source for pro con issues with a non-partisan approach, which has a mission of  "Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, and primarily pro-con format."

401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing
401 ideas to write your speech on..Learning Network, Teaching and Learning with the New York Times. (

509 Informative Speech Ideas and Topics
A site with "hundreds of topics for informative speeches and essays".

Major Types of Informative Speeches
Writing guide from the Writing Studio at Colorado State University

Topic Selection Helper
A list to help pick a topic from, put together by University of Hawai`i  Maui Community College Speech Department  

Deciding on a Topic

A YouTube video presentation on starting with a research project, presented by NCSU

Develop a Research Question that Works
A YouTube video showing the whole process of doing research - step by step. Presented by University of Cincinnati Libraries.

Video presentation in CC