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CMST 1500 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Background Information

These sources provide background and history, the current problem, and proposed solutions. They are also good places to look when you are trying to decide on a speech topic. They usually cover both the “pro” and the “con” sides of an issue.

Part of the reason for finding out more about the topic is so that you can narrow the topic to something manageable. For example, if you were interested in "immigration," you might narrow your topic to "securing our borders."

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