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CO 1003: Fundamentals of Public Speaking Terminal Topics List

Although the importance of many of these topics is undeniable, they are overused. Your credibility will be damaged and your audience will tune you out if you present information they have already heard. There is nothing wrong with a controversial topic IF you are able to introduce it in a new way and with new information and new arguments. AIDS Abortion Alcohol/Alcoholism Alternative fuel/hybrid vehicles Animal shelters Applying makeup BCS/NCAA playoffs Birth control Caffeine Campus involvement Candles Capital punishment Career Center/Finding employment Cell phone use while driving Changing a baby’s diaper Child abuse Cigarette smoking Condom distribution in schools Confederate flag Cowbell/MSU traditions Credit cards/debt CPR Dental hygiene Dreams Drinking and driving Drinking enough water Drugs/Drug abuse Eating disorders Eating healthfully Euthanasia Exercise/Physical fitness Fake moon landing File sharing Global warming Greek life/Sororities/Fraternities Handgun control High blood pressure How to change oil/tire How to give a speech How to wash clothes How to make Kool-Aid How to play instrument(s) How to play a sport Importance of smiling

Installing a stereo Legalization of marijuana Litter Maintaining good credit Mardi Gras Media effects/violence in media Migraines MSU history/traditions Obesity Organ/Blood donation Passive smoking/Second-hand smoke Pay for college athletes Performing arts Pets spayed/neutered Preparing for a job interview Public vs. private schools Rainforests Recycling Religion Resume writing/Job search Safe sex St. Jude Hospital Seat belts Self-defense Sex education in schools Sleep deprivation Social networking sites STD’s/Safe sex Stem cells Steroids Stress/Relieve stress Study habits Support athletics Tanning/Tanning beds/Sun damage Tattoos Texting while driving Time management Vegetarian diet Volunteerism Voting Walmart Washing hands Wrapping presents

Terminal Speech Topics  

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