1. Make a list of potential topics for your informative and persuasive speeches by conducting a self inventory. Consider personal concerns and community issues, intellectual and educational interests, career goals, leisure activities and interests, as well as topics of public concern.
2. Using your list, discern a good topic that could have both an informative and persuasive purpose. Craft two specific purpose statements using the same topic. One should be informative; the other persuasive. (Look at the examples on page 148 in the first paragraph for help.)
3. Using your specific purpose statements, construct thesis statements for each speech. (Look at the examples on page 154 if you need help.)
4. List two alternate topics in case your first choice is not approved.