By: Susan Dugdale | Last modified: 05-16-2021
These how to speech ideas focus on soft skills often learned the hard way. Sadly, despite being vital, they are seldom constructively talked about.
Yet, each and every one of us benefits when we use soft skills competently, where ever we are in the world. Doors open and lives are changed for the better.And believe me, they make a refreshing alternative to many of the usual topics chosen for demonstration or 'how to' speeches!
If you're not frightened of doing something a little different have a look at these suggestions.
We know soft skills are a necessary part of making and sustaining healthy interpersonal relationships. Despite that, how we learn good and useful soft skills is frequently completely overlooked.
Soft skills is the name given to the complex bundle of behaviors that help us grow and maintain relationships. Eg. being courteous, accepting criticism well, learning to control our temper, knowing when and how to ask for help ...
Check this Wikipedia definition for more. It gives an excellent overview and provides links for further information.
They can be tricky to get a handle on because unlike hard skills (eg. cooking, learning to drive a car, mending a puncture in a bike tire, or skiing) there are no step by step instructions to follow in order to get them.
That makes using them as a subject for a speech even more valuable.
If you can put together a sincere, researched show and tell speech demonstrating how to use any of the soft skills listed in the topics below you'll be offering something of true worth to your audience.
The reasoning behind saying that is straightforward. If we want to do the best we can for ourselves and each other, we need confidence and competency in all the soft skills we can get!
In an ideal world we would all get great soft skills unconsciously, naturally, without effort. We would simply absorb them from those around us and use them without question, in the same way that we breathe without stopping to think whether we need to or not.
However life isn't ideal.
We are human. Our primary role models are not always perfect. Consequently what we absorb, (learn), through observation and experience is often deeply flawed.
As we become more conscious we begin to understand how our behavior plays a significant role in shaping our lives. If we are open to it, the impact of what we do will teach us what we have to learn.
For instance: when, and how to apologize sincerely, how to listen well, how to let go of anger safely and appropriately ...
These 'how to topics' list personal skills that collectively make the difference between being hired or not hired, liked or not liked, noticed or ignored, leader or follower ...
Using any one of them for your speech could quite literally change someone's life for the better.
There are 5 groups of 10 soft skill demonstration speech topics below to choose from.
Choosing one as the topic of your demonstration speech could give just the growth opportunity your audience would deeply appreciate.
Don't be afraid to experiment and adapt them to suit. Use role plays to model non-effective and effective interactions and try getting your audience involved with practice and feedback opportunities.
With a light touch and a dash of self-deprecating humor, the speech will be fun to give and enjoyable to receive.
For more about the importance of soft skills, particularly in the work place, please see this excellent wikijob.co.uk article: 10 important soft skills for 2021.
Get yourself a printable blank step by step demonstration speech outline. You'll find it on this page on preparing demonstration speeches which if you're never given
You'll find it on this page on preparing demonstration speeches which if you're never given a 'show and tell' type presentation before is very worth while reading. You'll learn how to structure and work with your topic to meet the audience's needs.
There's also two more pages of demonstration speech topic suggestions to explore, if not found something suitable.
And if reading a completed demonstration speech sample outline would help, check this page: demonstration speech sample outline.
I've used the same speech outline template that you can download for your own use from the link above. The speech itself is, like the topics on this page, a soft skill: how to leave a good voice mail message.
I've also made a video (audio + slides) so that you can hear as well as see the flow of information from one point to the next.
I hope they're both useful to you.☺