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Speech Topic, Purpose & Thesis Flashcards

Speech Topic, Purpose & Thesis Flashcards
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The General Purpose Statement
This is the statement that tells the audience what the overall goal of the speech is. The goal can be to inform, entertain, or persuade the audience.
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Identifying the Specific Purpose Statement
This is the statement that clearly describes the topic of the information that will be presented to the audience.
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The Specific Purpose of a Speech
This specifically identifies what information you are giving the audience, what you want to persuade them to do, or how you are going to entertain them.
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Ineffective Thesis Statements
These types of thesis statements are not phrased to immediately inform the audience about the point of the speech.
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Describing the Thesis Statement
This is a sentence with the goal of the speech that explains how the information discussed in the speech can enhance the listeners.
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Creating Thesis Statements
To do this, you can think of a way to describe the entire speech that you have prepared in one statement, and you can incorporate a description of the main points you plan to discuss.
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Narrowing Your Topic
Think of subtopics to narrow down the search, and consider topics about things you like, things that you know a lot of people are interested in, or issues you have strong feelings about.
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This flashcard set covers topics from how to write a thesis statement to preparing to write the speech by thinking about what you can include as the main points. Learn about what you can do when you have to speak for a very short time period, like narrowing your topic down to an interesting person or event or a specific time period. Find out more about the different purposes for delivering a speech, including speeches to entertain a group of listeners, versus speeches that inform the listeners about an important issue.

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Narrowing Your Topic
Think of subtopics to narrow down the search, and consider topics about things you like, things that you know a lot of people are interested in, or issues you have strong feelings about.
Creating Thesis Statements
To do this, you can think of a way to describe the entire speech that you have prepared in one statement, and you can incorporate a description of the main points you plan to discuss.
Describing the Thesis Statement
This is a sentence with the goal of the speech that explains how the information discussed in the speech can enhance the listeners.
Ineffective Thesis Statements
These types of thesis statements are not phrased to immediately inform the audience about the point of the speech.
The Specific Purpose of a Speech
This specifically identifies what information you are giving the audience, what you want to persuade them to do, or how you are going to entertain them.
Identifying the Specific Purpose Statement
This is the statement that clearly describes the topic of the information that will be presented to the audience.
The General Purpose Statement
This is the statement that tells the audience what the overall goal of the speech is. The goal can be to inform, entertain, or persuade the audience.
Narrowing Your Speech Topic
You can use limiters on your topic to cover only a specific period of time in history, a specific geographic area, a group of people, one person, or one event.
Using Limiters to Prepare a Short Speech
If you're giving a short speech about a broad time period, you can narrow the topic down by speaking about a decade or a number of years when something significant happened.
Theoretical Approaches
For this approach, a speaker gathers information about issues that have not been concluded on, like research from ongoing studies about what could possibly happen surrounding a particular issue.
Broad Speech Topics
These are topics that cover too many subject areas at once. The speaker ends up with an amount of information that is too difficult to summarize or speak about within a short time frame.
Giving a Speech with a Time Limit
If you have limited time to speak about a topic, you can try to pinpoint one or two things about the topic, like an important thing someone did or an important event within a time period.
Brainstorming to Create Talking Points
To choose a few talking points to include in your speech, you can research the topic and then try to identify search terms and topic headings.
Personal Inventory
To do this, you can write down the things you have done, the things that you enjoy doing or want to do, and what your views are about important issues.
Effective Thesis Statement
An effective thesis statement presents a summarized topic, gives the audience an idea of the overall message, and focuses on the main point of the speech.

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