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Effective Oral Communication (Wayne) Informative Speech: Health and Wellness: Home
The University of Akron Wayne College Library
Selecting a Topic
Spend ample time selecting your topic:
Topic selection should be done with a lot of thought and consideration. It's worth the time to chose a topic that you find interesting, meaningful, or a curiosity. If you are intrigued or passionate about your topic, this will translate to your audience.
Topics for informative speeches are more enjoyable for the speaker and the audience if the topic is one that the speaker is truly interested or even passionate about. See our LibGuide on brainstorming techniques in general, and consider the specific health and wellness topic prompts below.
Brainstorming prompts for health and wellness topics:
Think about what you eat and how you eat it. Do you follow any specific kind of diet or nutritional guidelines? Or are you considering trying a new diet? (Weight Watchers, Atkins, Keto, gluten-free, plant based, diabetic?)
Do you (or someone you love) have a disease or chronic illness that impacts your daily life?
Do you practice any particular mental health and wellness techniques? (meditation, mindfulness, self-care, etc.)
Are you interested in or practice a particular fitness regime? (Jogging, walking, yoga, pilates, weightlifting, CrossFit, etc.)
Do you or someone you love have addiction issues (drugs, gaming, gambling, etc.)?
Do you plan to go into a health related field? What are some of the issues that might relate to your field of study?
What technologies help or hinder our health or wellbeing?
What health and wellness topics directly affect college students?
What are the latest health & wellness news stories?
Magazines or newspapers
Locate Health and Wellness Resources
When gathering potential sources for your informative speech, consider a variety of formats including:
Books (search the UA Libraries Catalog, box below)
Updated daily, a comprehensive resource of millions of current and archived articles, including complete online editions of many newspapers. Includes numerous Ohio newspapers, such as the Akron Beacon Journal.
This resource is designed for the everyday consumer of health care information and provides convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.
A primary resource covering current social issues that helps students discover, analyze, and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, writing assignments, debates, and presentations. By providing both pro and con perspectives on many topics, this is an excellent starting point for building an argumentative essay.
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