The Art of Public Speaking. CHAPTER 4 Selecting a Topic and a Purpose. Choosing a Topi c. Topics you know a lot about Topics you want to know more about Brainstorming for topics: Make a quick inventory of your hobbies, skills, interests, experiences. Use the techniques of clustering
Selecting a Topic and a Purpose
Does my purpose meet the assignment?
Can I accomplish my purpose in the time allotted?
Is the purpose relevant to my audience?
Is the purpose too trivial for my audience?
Is the purpose too technical for my audience?
Topic: Music therapy
General purpose: to inform
to explain the benefits of music therapy for people with psychological or cognitive disabilities
Music therapy developed as a formal mode of treatment during the twentieth century, utilizes a number of methods, and is explained by several theories that account for its success.
Selecting a topic and a purpose