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Demonstrative speech topics

 - 'how to' speech ideas by the dozens

By: Susan Dugdale | Last modified: 01-12-2021 | First published: 01-15-2012

Below you'll a selection of good demonstrative speech topics covering a broad variety of themes: caring, business, entertainment, frugal living, the importance of being prepared, and public speaking.

Image: collage of 6 thumbnail images: a baby doll, a pink pig money box, a mike, a pair of glasses, a pair of clown's shoes and a forest fire.

However, before you rush to choose any of them please take time to examine your own interest areas first.

Why? 
Because choosing a visual aids speech topic you genuinely care about will make it easier for you to prepare your speech well. You'll want to do it!

It won't be a chore and, your passion for your subject will shine through. That enthusiasm will pull the audience in and they'll want to find out about what you've got to share.

Mix your interests, your expertise, with your audience's needs and expectations and you'll come up with a compelling topic.

(Find out more about how to prepare a good demonstration speech. Get step by step guidelines covering every aspect from choosing a topic to actually giving the speech. There's a free printable demonstration speech outline available for you to use too.)

Using my lists effectively

The best way to use my lists of demonstrative speech topics is as a starting point to trigger your own "how to" idea. 

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Baby boy doll - caring speech topics
A pair of glasses on top of a stock report - business speech topics.
A pair of clowns shoes - entertainment & leisure speech topics
Forest fire - be prepared speech topics
Pottery pink pig money box - frugal living speech topics.
Microphone - public speaking speech topics

The magic of 'how'

Truly, a demonstrative speech topic could be on anything at all.

Put the magic word 'how' in front of almost any aspect of life you can think of and there's a demonstration speech topic. They may not all be suitable for your audience but they're 'how to' topics nevertheless!

Add visual aids to illustrate, (charts, graphs, handouts, costumes, objects, actors to role play or demonstrate, video snippets, audio tracks, posters, photographs, power point ...), a lot of rehearsal, and there's your speech. Done.

Business How-to Topics


How to:

Image: a pair of glasses Text: Business
  • pitch a product
  • close a sale
  • make a cold call
  • prepare a presentation
  • write a resume
  • run a meeting
  • write business emails
  • dress for work well on a small budget
  • develop a contacts list
  • balance commitments
  • prioritize time
  • prepare an elevator speech
  • write a proposal
  • note take
  • write minutes of a meeting
  • conference call effectively
  • question well
  • listen well
  • read body language
  • manage taxes
  • make great power point slides
  • socialize in a business setting
  • manage a small project
  • analyze the competition
  • apply for a job
  • complete an online skill or aptitude test
  • run a market stall
  • apply for a grant
  • mentor a colleague
  • encourage entrepreneurial thinking and action
  • develop a business model
  • research a potential product
  • use online social media effectively
  • work from home

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Frugal Living Demonstrative Speech Topics


How to:

Image: pink money pig. Text: Frugal living
  • live off grid
  • save for your retirement
  • use a credit card well
  • manage a household budget
  • re-cycle
  • up-cycle
  • set up a urban co-operative
  • save on groceries
  • set up a weekly meal planner
  • make your own baby food, bread, health drinks (smoothies), drinks (beer, wine, lemonade ...), cheese, yoghurt, preserves (jams, jellies, pickles, canned fruit and vegetables...)
  • sew or repair your own clothes - fix a hem, zip, replace a button ...
  • do your own household repairs - fix a clogged drain, paint a room, fix a door handle, a leaky tap ...
  • make your own cosmetics
  • recognize and use medicinal herbs or plants
  • build your own furniture -indoor and outdoor
  • fish
  • compost
  • grow vegetables, flowers, herbs, cacti ...
  • grow from seed or cuttings
  • design and build a garden, courtyard, play area ...
  • decorate a child's room, a cake, a table ...
  • launder your own clothes
  • organize a clothing, book, toy, plant or furniture and household goods swap
  • get free education help online

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Caring Themed Demonstration Speech Topics


How to care for:

Image: baby doll with blue bib. Text: Caring
  • a crying baby: how to hold, how to rock, how to sing to, how to know when to ignore ...
  • a toddler: how to talk with, how to feed, how to put to bed, how to play with, how to dress ...
  • an elderly person:  activities - dancing, yoga, puzzles, walks, reading ... 
  • someone who is ill: feed, wash, clothe, amuse ...
  • silver jewelry: clean, protect
  • gold jewelry: clean, protect
  • books: antique, storing, shelving
  • skin: dry skin, sunburn, acne ...
  • hair: fine hair, curly hair, straight hair, blonde hair, dyed hair ... 
  • clothes: washing, ironing, hanging, airing, storing, traveling ...
  • shoes: polishing, cleaning, mending, storing
  • house plants, vegetable gardens, flower gardens, seedlings ...
  • a computer, car, bike, lawn mower ...
  • art works, fine furniture, antiques or any special collection ...
  • a pet: dog, cat, rabbit, bird, fish ...
  • add your own 'how to care for' topic

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Be Prepared Demonstrative Speech Topics


First aid procedures: - what to do if someone:

Image: Forest fire. Text: Be prepared
  • faints
  • has a heart, panic or asthma attack
  • has an epileptic fit
  • has a severe allergic response to something
  • breaks a limb
  • cuts themselves badly
  • is burned,  poisoned or choking
  • is hyperventilating

Survival: - what to do when:

  • an earthquake strikes
  • a building catches on fire
  • you're caught out in a storm or any other type of disaster

Step by step safety procedures for:

  • driving a car, a truck, in traffic, in snow, on ice, on metal roads ...
  • cooking: - using a grill, handling sharp knives, chopping, food storage ...
  • hiking: using a compass, reading a map, lighting a fire, cooking outside...
  • biking in traffic, mountain biking
  • riding a motorbike, a horse, a large lawn mower
  • dating online
  • swimming in the sea, in a river ...
  • boating
  • climbing
  • skiing
  • sailing
  • handling fire works
  • gun handling ...

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Entertainment/Leisure Demonstrative Speech Topics


How to play old fashioned party or parlor games:

  • blind man's bluff
  • musical chairs
  • pin the tail on the donkey
  • creeping up on grandma
  • charades
  • I went to the shop and what did I buy? I bought ..., and other memory games

How to:

  • play card tricks
  • play string games
  • play knuckle bones
  • play skipping games
  • sing a round
  • tell a joke
  • mime
  • clown
  • juggle
  • yodel
  • whistle
  • blow bubbles
  • learn a new dance move
  • plan a party - theme, décor, food, drink, music, invitations, entertainment ...

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Public Speaking Demonstrative Speech Topics


How to:


(Note: The links go to pages on this site.)
Image: A black microphone on red background. Text: Public Speaking

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Check out the links to these other demonstration speech topic pages too!

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.

And find out how to use visual aids effectively as well.