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Demonstration speech topics

105+ good demonstrative speech ideas 

By: Susan Dugdale  | Last modified: 10-18-2021

What are the best demonstration speech topics?

The answer is simple but frustratingly inconclusive. It depends! These are 'how to' or 'show and teach' types of speeches with squillions of topic possibilities.

You could spends hours, or even days, considering this demonstrative speech idea against that one, or that one, or that one. However you don't need to!

The easiest way is to use the guidelines below to help you pick a good idea relatively quickly.

What's on this page

  • How to choose a good demonstration speech topic - 6 key elements to consider
  • 100s of demonstrative speech topics in themed lists 
  • Links to other pages of how to topics
  • The link to an extremely useful printable - a blank demonstration speech outline form

If you already know how to prepare a good demonstrative speech skip the guidelines and either click the link to go to ALL Demonstration Speech Topics or click on a heading to go a themed list.

Images- 3 in a row - cats and dogs, antique buttons, 4 female mannequins in a pond. Text: How to choose a pet, How to make jewelry from antique buttons, how to interpret modern art.

The links to the other pages of demonstration speech topic suggestions and the printable demonstration speech outline are at the foot of the page.

Choosing a demonstration speech topic

An effective demonstration speech topic depends on 6 essential elements and you'll want to consider each of them carefully. 

1. Your interests

Your choice of demonstrative speech topic needs to be something you are genuinely interested in, and know about or, want to know about.

Without enthusiasm or knowledge it's incredibly hard to inspire others that they want to find out more about a subject. And that's your goal!

Ideally when you finish your speech, you'll find yourself on the receiving end of question after question from eager listeners. 

2. Who the speech is for

You need to think about your audience before making your final choice.

  • What demonstration speech topics would truly interest them?
  • If you're thinking about a topic you know they already know well, is there something new you could teach them about it?
  • What would be of value, and appropriate, for them to know?

3. The setting of the speech

Where is the speech to be given? In a classroom? In a public hall? In a living room? In the open air?

Does what you're planning to do fit the venue?

4. The time you've got to prepare the speech

Does the topic you're considering need a long time to prepare thoroughly? Are there visual aids you need to make to accompany it? How much research do you need to do before you can begin to prepare the speech?

5. The time you've got to give the speech

There is no point in choosing something complex with a large number of steps to show and teach if you don't have long to speak. What you select needs to fit easily into the allotted time limit.

6. The guidelines for assessment ...

... if the speech is part of a public speaking course.

You may find there are restrictions on using varying forms of visual aids: video or power-point for example. Check before you make a final decision.

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How to use these demonstration speech ideas

Use the demonstration speech ideas below to kick-start your own creativity. Think of them as beginnings or starting points.

Rather than pick the first idea that jumps out, build up a short list. Then go through it assessing the positive as well as negative aspects of each idea, keeping the audience members, your interest, setting, time and assessment needs in mind.

Demonstration Speech Topics


Image: clouds over a hay field. Text: Demonstration speech topic - how to read clouds.

How to:

  • read the clouds
  • read the stars
  • read the tides
  • read tree rings
  • recognize differing types of rock
  • read a landscape without a map
  • water divine
  • track animals in the wild
  • forecast weather
  • recognize poisonous plants or insects
  • survive in the wild
  • prepare a survival kit

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Image: cats, dogs and butterflies. Text: Demonstrations speech topic possibilities - how to choose a pet.

How to:

  • train a puppy
  • wash a dog
  • care for a kitten
  • saddle a horse
  • feed a dog, horse, cat,...correctly
  • interpret animal behavior
  • soothe a frightened dog, cat...
  • keep a pet dog or cat in an apartment
  • give medicines to your dog, cat...
  • care for an injured or sick pet
  • set up a fish bowl
  • choose a pet
  • teach a parrot to talk

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Image: companion plants in vegetable garden. Text- Demonstration speech topic- how to companion plant.

How to:

  • companion plant to protect vegetables from insect pests
  • prepare basic landscaping plans
  • lay bricks or paving stones
  • build a fence
  • make a swing
  • make a children's play area
  • build a compost bin
  • make a greenhouse
  • make a windbreak
  • plant a tree
  • grow from seed
  • graft a plant
  • prepare and plant a tub of flowers or vegetables
  • plant a window box of herbs
  • prune a rose bush
  • care for garden tools
  • make a bird feeder
  • choose the right plants for the right situations
  • plant spring bulbs
  • recognize poisonous plants or insects
  • make a no-dig garden
  • encourage birds or bees into the garden
  • make a patio or deck garden

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Image: antique buttons with old Milo tin. Text- How to make your own jewelry from antique buttons.

How to:

  • how to design & make a greeting card
  • knit
  • crochet
  • embroider
  • quilt
  • felt
  • make a perfect posy of flowers
  • learn to draw, sketch
  • learn to paint in water colors
  • make paper mache
  • work puppets
  • decoupage
  • use stencils
  • make natural dyes
  • spin or weave
  • create a seasonal center piece for the table
  • make a Christmas wreath
  • paint eggs
  • press flowers
  • scrapbook
  • make your own jewelry from antique buttons
  • sew your own clothes
  • design your own clothes
  • bonsai
  • arrange flowers
  • make your own soft furnishings
  • take a brass rubbing
  • batik
  • tie-dye a garment
  • carve or whittle wood

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Image: three multi-colored kites against blue sky. Text-Demonstration speech topic-  How to fly a kite.

How to:

  • learn to skate board
  • learn to surf
  • wax a surfboard
  • choose the right piece of sporting equipment (bike, surf or skate board, shoes, protective gear...)
  • score a game of tennis
  • catch a fish
  • prepare and set a fishing net
  • smoke a fish
  • play chess, checkers, dominoes, cards...
  • train for a marathon
  • use a snorkel correctly
  • improve your golf swing
  • hold a softball bat
  • care for a set of golf clubs
  • oil a bike
  • fix a flat tire
  • prevent sporting injuries
  • fly a kite
  • be a team player
  • shoot a goal
  • ride a bike

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Food & More

Image: fine porcelain tea cup and saucer. Text: Demonstration speech topic possibilities-How to make a cup of tea.

How to:

  • make a perfect cup of coffee, tea...
  • use chop sticks
  • prepare green tea and serve it correctly
  • make chocolate
  • plan a party
  • make a fast summer salad
  • store frozen food
  • sharpen a knife
  • prepare chicken safely
  • make your own relish, jam, pastry...
  • write a shopping list
  • plan a menu
  • organize your pantry
  • bake bread, bagels...
  • use seasonal vegetables
  • dry fruits and vegetables
  • make your own wedding cake
  • ice a cake
  • make desserts
  • cook economically
  • make healthy meals
  • carve vegetables
  • fold table napkins

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Image: row of men's neckties. Text: Demonstration speech topic possibilities-How to knot a tie.

How to:

  • read to a child
  • set a dinner table
  • plan a surprise party
  • talk to a deaf person
  • buy online safely
  • read body language
  • understand cultural differences in body language
  • travel safely in a foreign country
  • play with a small child
  • leave a good telephone message
  • eat politely
  • defend yourself (basic self defense)
  • do basic first aid
  • take a pulse
  • teach a child to read the time
  • prepare a baby's bottle
  • write a thank-you letter
  • write a business-like letter
  • read braille
  • alter your own clothes...take up a hem etc.
  • iron a shirt properly
  • take a good photograph
  • lift without damaging your back
  • apply make-up correctly
  • learn French, German, Italian...
  • plait or braid hair
  • make an effective complaint
  • save gas
  • waltz (foxtrot, line dance ...)
  • put on a dancing show
  • organize a coffee morning
  • run a meeting
  • make a presentation
  • do a cheap style make-over
  • shop at thrift stores
  • choose colors that suit you
  • choose clothes that suit you
  • knot a tie
  • walk in high heels
  • make your own cosmetics, creams etc
  • start your own business
  • recognize sound business deals
  • take control of your personal finances
  • buy a house
  • choose a college
  • decide what career you want
  • keep fit
  • select the right make-up for you
  • whistle
  • do a magic trick

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And then there's topic ideas...

Image: a group of women mannequins in a pond wearing bathing caps, gambling!  Text: Demonstration speech topic possibilities-How to interpret modern art.

How to:

  • fix a blocked sink
  • fix a leaking faucet
  • replace a cracked tile
  • polish wooden furniture
  • restore a piece of furniture
  • change a car tire
  • interpret a modern painting
  • read a palm
  • burglar proof your home
  • save money
  • recycle
  • break old habits
  • use a cell phone
  • how to make and upload a video to You-tube
  • text
  • read braille

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More good demonstration speech ideas & help 

How to put a good demonstration speech together

Once you've chosen your demonstration speech topic find out more about how good demonstration speeches are structured. This is an easily followed 'how to' prepare your speech guide.

More interesting topics!

Image: cartoon - happy family - Father and son, Mother and daughter. Text:Share, Show and tell about soft skills. They're vital for healthy relationships.

If you're still looking, try this page of 50 how to speech ideas.
These are unique demonstration speech topics focusing on teaching the soft skills that are vital for communicating well, living fully and harmoniously in our world. Two examples are: 'how to apologize sincerely' and 'how to accept personal criticism positively'.

Give your speech structure -use an outline

Would using a printable blank demonstration speech outline help you with your speech?

Image: A row of colorful men's ties.
Text: Click to download a printable blank step by step demonstration speech outline

This outline will take you through an ordered sequence of steps to ensure your speech flows well from beginning to end.

Illustration: Wall paper background: blah, blah, blah. Text: Demonstration speech sample outline. How to leave a good voice mail message. Plus video.

If you'd like to see the outline in use, please check this page: demonstration speech sample outline.

You can follow the text of my speech, 'how to leave an effective voice mail message', through each of the sections in the outline. 

I also made a video (audio + slides) so that you can hear, as well as see, how the flow of information from one point to the next works.

I hope both the completed outline and the video help. ☺

How to get top marks!

And if your speech is being formally evaluated why not find out what the judge will be marking you on?
Click the link and you'll find a standard speech evaluation form explained and available to download.