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Resources in support of COMM 1100: Principles of Public Speaking

Back up your assumptions with research

"If the content isn’t there, the delivery isn’t going to be at its best"

 --- Tips from Researchers

  • Start with "why is this a good topic" and ensure that you understand it well enough to answer questions about it
  • Explore reference sources, news, statistics, and quotations to add substance to your presentation
  • Go beyond Google, explore subject encyclopedias, handbooks, and other references in the library collection that specialize in areas
Notice that some of the most popular TED talks include references to historical events, quotes by known individuals, references to credible organizations, etc.
For example:  TED Talk:  Do Schools Kill Creativity,
Views: 56,000,000+; comments:  4,600+
Research references;  Picasso, history of education, UNESCO, Al Gore, Rachel Carson, Joan Salk
  • Evaluate all sources in terms of bias to ensure that you are seeing your topic objectively.  Use your searching tools and refer to Media Bias Fact Check.
  • Cite your sources, it will give your presentation credibility
  • Not all "research" comes from valid data, for example: College students working out at campus gyms get better grades (NOTE: The study used GPA of gym users to make the argument that exercise improves grades)

Topics to Explore (campus-related themes)


Increase of online/hybrid courses    ♦   Option of free textbooks   ♦   Safety    ♦  Group space for collaborating   ♦   Promoting healthy lifestyles 

Is it related to a larger trend?
Is there data about it (surveys, polls, etc.)?
Is it in the news?


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