Before you start going through the lists of controversial speech topics, let's do a little background research so you understand what this type of speech is about. It will make choosing your topic much easier and give you better results.
The key word is controversial. It has a similar meaning to argumentative.
Controversial comes from the word controversy meaning:
Click for a full dictionary definition.
Therefore controversial speech topics or argumentative speech topics are those evoking strong opinions often splitting families, communities and countries.
Both sides of the debate are generally convinced they are right and their opposition is wrong.
History gives us examples of topics that once caused major strife. Now with the benefit of hindsight, we may wonder what the fuss was about. Opinions have changed. What was once dangerously unthinkable has become commonplace, unremarkable and acceptable.
That the earth is round and not flat, doesn't raise more than eyebrow now but it previously exercised the greatest of minds. The same goes for giving women the vote (in Western countries), and the abolition of slavery.
Like their historical forerunners, these argumentative speech topics reflect the current political and social issues impacting on, and shaping people's lives.
They can be broad, affecting everybody in the world, for example the global warming controversy, or narrow, concerning comparatively fewer people. Apt examples of the latter are the issues around school bullying or gun control.
Regardless of their reach, the subjects draw impassioned opinion.
Those handy urls to comprehensive lists of controversial speech topics are below but before you race off to click and choose, slow down and read some more.
If you want this speech to be the best it can be and what comes next can make or break it.
A good speaker always considers his audience and shapes the speech to meet their needs, even if it is controversial!
An effective controversial or argumentative speech is well
researched. This provides a rational, rather than purely emotive, base.
"I don't like XXX." is not an argument.
But "I don't like XXX for the following three reasons ..." is the beginning of one.
If you want to challenge or change opinion you will research:
You will present:
... choose a subject that genuinely interests you. That way your enthusiasm will carry you through the preparation and delivery.
These three sites offer lists of argumentative speech topics. The first two, (Questia and ThoughtCo), also have useful links to related resources.
Go well choosing your topic.
Should you need it there is comprehensive on-site help for every aspect of preparing, rehearsing and delivering your speech.
You'll find it all in the site map.