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Effective Oral Communication (Wayne) Informative Speech: Health and Wellness: Home

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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?
    • News programs
    • Social media 
    • Radio
    • 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)
  • Magazine, newspaper, and scholarly journal articles (search appropriate library databases, listed below)
  • Websites

Search the UA Libraries Catalog

Search for Articles from Magazines, Newspapers, and Scholarly Journals

Health and Wellness Websites

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