CJ 202 Notes ? Chapter 6 CREATEDATE 1/26/09 6:53 PM Choosing your speech topic What does your audience need to know Consider your personal interests * See page 92 for diagram of interests. Look at topics from other courses Investigate current events Consider international/cultural topics Narrowing your topic to fit the situation Make a ?mind map? ? see page 95 for an example General purpose and specific purpose for your speech General Purpose ? a speaker?s general purpose could be to inform, to persuade, to entertain, or to commemorate Purposes can overlap Specific Purpose ? the cognitive, affective, or behavioral responses a speaker desires Cognitive effects ? influences on beliefs, understandings, and other mental processes Affective effects ? influences on listeners? feelings Behavior effects ? influences on audience actions Thesis statement that states the main concept of your speech Thesis statement ? a single sentence that names the subject and establishes its significance Most important sentence Central idea ? a synonym for thesis statement Guidelines Write a single declarative sentence that makes a statement about the subject matter and summarizes the content of the speech in a reasonable, simple manner that is precise enough to t guide you and your audience Formulate your thesis statement as soon as you select your topic and decide on your general and specific purposes Incorporate the thesis into introduction Follow thesis with a preview ? short summary of the major points you?ll develop in the speech PAGE 1 PAGE
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