Narrow Speech Topics - How To In 3 Simple Steps

Mini narrow speech topics tutorial for public speaking education classes plus for everyone who has to write speeches and needs a bit of help with narrowing topics fast.

This step-by-step method - although I rather prefer to use the word checklist here - has been used in many speech classes and courses in educational and business trainings all over the globe.

All checks and personal test questions lead you to a strictly stated thesis statement:

To narrow speech topics pick a rough idea from one of the many lists of this education student resource.
  • Choose a speech topic idea you like;

  • One you are familiar with it;

  • You have strong feelings for or are concerned about the relevant latest developments;

  • You think is important to share in front of a live audience;

  • You can gather essential information in the time given to prepare speeches.
I have listed some jump starters:
  • What happened last week; like/dislike?

  • What interesting latest news did you saw or read?

  • What are you personal goals?

  • What are goals of your class or collegues?

  • What did you accomplish last month in spare time: e.g. hobbies, sports, volunteering in the local community?
Bottomline: Focus mainly on making a first inventory of possible (too broad) topics. Note all key words when you think about the subjects.

For the brainstorming process is classical mind mapping a very productive technique to narrow speech topics. Write the name of the subject down, put a circle around it and draw lines with facts, thoughts, loose ends, related phrases, etc. Answer the famous 4 W's and 1 H-questions:
  • Who
  • What
  • Where
  • Why
  • How
They generate lots of related thougts and idea; direct to the subject in the circle! Another idea is to arrange events that may or can happen, things to do, proposed changes, supplementary parts in case of a thing you can operate. A primary sample:

E.g. Body Painting → Art → Drawing → Models → Photography → Swimsuit → Special Paintbrushes

For narrowing speech topics you now can take step three. In business training and oral instruction lessons choose one keyword for the mindmap and try to relate it to - for example:
  • Events in history, time or period;

  • Places or sites you have visited;

  • Cultural backgrounds, cultural or social movements;

  • Psychological effects;

  • Economic benefits/disavantages;

  • Social implications;

  • Political opinions and plans.
E.g. Art → the different body painting art forms → fine art → festivals → faces.

Now choose one word/phrase to narrow speech topics more precisely:

E.g. Body painting and fine art. Test if it could pass the next set of checks successfully:
  • Do I really like it?

  • Is it something the audience would appreciate?

  • Is it appropriate for the assignment or public speaking occasion?

  • Am I able to research applicable information in the alloted time?

  • Do I know enough about it; are there amazing unexpected facts and figures to explore? (Backbone of the process)

  • Am I able to handle all stuff within the speech length limits?

How to Narrow Speech Topics Fast