I am a college student and have to do an informative speech for my…um…speech class. I want a really interesting topic. Can anyone help me brainstorm about it. I figured there is no better place than straight dope for interesting topics. The speech need only be five to seven minutes. Anything is welcome.
Phlogiston Theory, an accurate explanation of combustion.
Finding people willing to do your homework is hard and SDMB is not an exception.
Find something you know something about. Do a bit more research on it. Understand any pro/contra arguments pertaining to it. Write a speech informing and discussing the subject. Give the speech.
What about “Why I am not a [insert some worthy demographic here]”
Or “Bringing Intelligence To America” (sorry Justhink)
Will you be expected to field questions afterwards?
This doesn’t have a factual answer, so it doesn’t really belong in GQ. Off to MPSIMS.
Just take topics from the SDMB:
Why we should move all Israelis to Canada.
Doctors: are they really moonlighting in the porn industry?
How to intimidate a woman on the bus in 12 easy meltdown steps.
SUVs: the tool of the Devil.
Conclusive proof that God must exist (and this time I mean it!).
and A sociological study: males and circumcision.
Or you could go all meta on them and give a speech entitled “How to give an informative speech.”
Over all, informative speeches are more interesting (and easier to give) the more hands-on and pratcial they are–I had great luck with “How to Brew beer”–brought props and everything. Other possibilites:
How to make bithcin’ cookies (props again)
How to change the oil on a [car type] (goor props, too)
How to crochet an afgan
How to plan a trip
You get the idea: find something practical and tangible that you can do and teach the class how to do it.