Public Speaking: Finding Your Voice Chapter 6 Finding Your Topic

question

discovery phase
answer

Identifying large topic areas that might generate successful speeches.
question

exploration phase
answer

Examining large topic areas to pinpoint more-precise speech topics.
question

refinement phase
answer

Framing the general and specific purposes of a speech topic and a thesis statement.
question

brainstorming
answer

Technique that encourages the free play of the mind to generate a list of ideas for later careful consideration.
question

interest charts
answer

Visual displays of speaker or audience interests, as prompted by probe questions.
question

topic area inventory chart
answer

A means of determining possible speech topics by listing topics you and your listeners find interesting and matching them.
question

media and Internet prompts
answer

Sources such as newspapers, magazines, and the electronic media that can suggest ideas for speech topics.
question

mind mapping
answer

Changes to customary patters of thinking to encourage creative exploration.
question

topic analysis
answer

Using questions often employed by journalists to explore topic possibilities for speeches (who, what, why, when, were, and how)
question

general purpose
answer

The speaker’s intention to inform or persuade listeners or to celebrate some person or occasion.
question

specific purpose
answer

The speaker’s particular goal or the response that the speaker wishes to evoke.
question

thesis statement
answer

Summarizes in a single sentence the central idea of your speech.

Get instant access to
all materials

Become a Member