For some reason, students have a hard time coming up with topics. Sometimes I have strict guidelines- depends on the kind of speech. Here is a random link I found that might help. It is always a mystery to me why topics are such a problem. The possibilities are literally endless- but maybe that’s the problem.

Brainstorming- you’ve known what this is since elementary school. The definition in The Challenge of Effective Speaking is an uncritical, nonevaluative process of generating associated ideas. Some people make lists, some do the bubble system. That’s the one you remember from elementary school, only now its called concept mapping. Who knew? And as always, think about your audience… I’ll elaborate on that in another post.