However whether they are good for you and your audience is something to seriously think about before settling on a topic.
To get the most out of the page do check the guidelines about what makes a good topic choice and the "how to" examples as well as the list itself. The best way to use that is as a guide to get your creative juices working.
fits its audience - Are they interested in it? Does it benefit them in anyway? Is it of value? Can you make it appealing? If it's an old topic can you make it fresh?
is a fit with you
- You already know something about it or you're really interested in
finding out more and you know what want you to achieve through giving
can be researched and prepared within the time frame you need the speech for
fits the criteria and purpose of your speech - set by yourself, your teacher, club, the organization who hired you ...
Using the list
Treat each idea as a starting point - a hook to give your brain something to latch on to.
you scan the list look for the speech topics triggering more than a
flicker of interest. Stop and consider those more carefully. Examine
them from as many angles as you can. Apply imagination - shake, rattle
and roll the idea around to
see whether it fits your needs.
Here are two examples to show you how the same topic can be adapted for different audiences. The topic is "Voice Matters".
"Voice Matters" Example 1
The Intended Audience: teachers
Speaker Credibility: many years of teaching English and drama, plus public speaking experience
to persuade the listeners (teachers) that how their voices sound in their student's
ears influences how they are responded to, how their students behave and ultimately how they learn.
Specific Speech Purpose: to have them sign up for a voice workshop
Voice image - how we are perceived by others is influenced by voice quality. This in turn impacts on how we are responded to. (Do check the link. It is all true.)
is a good quality voice? What personality or character traits are
attributed to a person who has a good voice? Use sound clips to
demonstrate. Ask for suggestions from the floor. How could that affect
What is a poor quality voice? What do people assume about the speaker with that type of voice? How could that affect students?
How do you know what you sound like to others? Use prepared sound clip of self to demonstrate.
voice quality or voice image be changed? Why would you do/not do that?
Provide researched examples of before and after work on voice.
of working/not working on voice image - Give results - better classroom
atmosphere, more on-target behavior, less time off with voice strain
How to work on voice image - outline of action and time line involved
Sign up for workshop and ongoing public speaking course
"Voice Matters" Example 2
Someone else might come along looking for a good persuasive speech topic and pick "Voice Matters" too. This time the treatment goes like this:
"Voice Matters" when calling about a job
Audience: job seekers
Speaker Credibility: senior recruitment specialist for a major firm in town
Speech Angle: to persuade listeners that their telephone voice is their initial calling card to getting an interview
Specific Speech Purpose: to have the seekers sign up for course on telephone skills to get the appointment they need
As illustrated in the first example above because the core material is the same or similar
but the examples used to carry the persuasive argument and benefits will
be relevant to the audience.
For help turning your good persuasive speech topic into a fully fledged speech check these pages:
Persuasive Speech Outline Find
out how to prepare an excellent speech outline using the classic
persuasive speech structure: the 5 steps of Monroe's Motivated Sequence,
and then download a blank speech outline to complete.
How to Write a Speech Step by step easily followed instructions for refining your outline into an effective speech.
And last but not least, read a sample persuasive speech that follows the persuasive speech outline referenced above. Please note though before you go to that page the subject is somber: the affect of suicide on families.