ROSHAAN AMEERDISCUSSIONPUBLIC SPEAKING "There are two broad categories of potential topics for your classroomspeeches: (1) subjects you know a lot about and (2) subjects you want toknow more about." (pg. 76) Choosing a topic for a speech in such a broad manner is extremely difﬁcultto do. As the textbook mentioned, speeches outside of the classroom aregenerally given an idea of what the person giving a speech will be speakingabout. When we're in a classroom, we have more leverage over what wewould like to speak about, which sometimes can feel worse. It's importantto me as a public speaker to speak about something I am either passionateabout or really knowledgeable about. In order to get rid of the anxiety of choosing a topic, it is important thatyou think about some things you are passionate about. Since we're in aclassroom, and we can basically speak about anything, I can try thinking ofit like there are endless possibilities rather than being scared to speakabout my topic. It's kind of like a glass half full or half empty situation. This statement is referring to the two general classiﬁcations ofprospective subjects that are accessible to be discussed in an educationalsetting. The ﬁrst category will contain topics that are already very familiarto you, and the second category will contain topics that you are interestedin learning more about. When deciding on a subject for an address that you will deliver in aclassroom, you should select a topic that is one with which you are alreadyacquainted. You can do this by drawing upon your own experiences and
the information that you have gleaned from other sources. This enablesyou to share your knowledge and thoughts with your audience, and it canalso assist you in speaking with more self-assurance and authorityregarding the subject matter. You could also select a topic that pertains to an area in which you have aninterest in expanding your knowledge. This presents a wonderfulopportunity to broaden your horizons intellectually and investigate novelconcepts, all while providing your audience with insight into youreducational journey. If you choose a subject for which you have a strongpersonal interest, you will be able to pique the interest of your listenersand encourage them to pursue additional knowledge on the topic. In general, the two categories of prospective subjects for classroomspeeches provide presenters with a variety of choices from which to selectwhen giving a speech in a classroom setting. The most important thing is tochoose a topic that is fascinating, compelling, and pertinent to the peoplewho will be listening to what you have to say, regardless of whether youwill be drawing upon your own knowledge or trying to learn more about anew topic. It is possible that doing so will assist you in delivering astatement that is both unforgettable and powerful, one that establishes aconnection with your audience and has an effect that is long-lasting.