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SPCN P155 Public Speaking

Claims versus Topics

A strong speech is centered around a clear claim. Your claim should be arguable and not just state the topic of your speech. Some differences between the topics and claims are as follows:


  • is a phrase
  • is thematic
  • has no bias


  • is a simple declarative sentence
  • states a position on a public controversy
  • is spoken by someone to someone about something important they have in common 

For more information on the difference between topics and claims, please see this video


Please see this video for help starting your argument

Please see this video for a good student example of how to anchor your invitational argument in commonplaces (a major goal of your assignment).


Organization and Delivery