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Impromptu Public Speaking Topics

- A list of 50 speech topics for spontaneous speaking practice

By: Susan Dugdale | Last modified: 01-09-2020 | First published: 03-01-2007

There are 50 impromptu public speaking topics here, covering a broad cross section of subject matter.

Many of them are deliberately provocative to stimulate a response. Others are open-ended or neutral to allow whatever occurs in your mind to fit the topic. Use them for table topics at your Toastmaster's Club, with your public speaking class, or by yourself.

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If you're practicing by yourself:

  • Choose a speech topic from the list below
  • Give yourself a strictly monitored preparation time of no more than one minute in which to note an opening, a couple of main points with examples and a conclusion.
  • Deliver your speech while timing and if possible, recording it. Aim for at least two minutes.
  • When you play it back, listen for fluency, structure and content. Each of those combine to create the overall impact of your speech.

If you're using these impromptu speaking topics with a friend or in a classroom setting, use the same method but omit the recording as you can give your feedback verbally.

The goal

Ideally once you or your class has become more confident, you'll lessen the preparation time.

The ultimate goal is to be given a speech topic and to begin speaking on the subject coherently and easily, almost immediately.

Traffic light on green -start your impromptu speech now!There's the green light! Open your mouth and go!

Literally, you get given the topic, the green light or timer is flicked on, you open your mouth and go!

Get help with impromptu speaking formats

If you've arrived at this page on impromptu public speaking topics without having seen my impromptu speaking tips page, pay a visit there too.

You'll get really useful information on structural patterns as well as delivery tips.

If you're new to impromptu speaking, both will help a great deal.

The patterns, in particular, are invaluable. They'll stop you from blundering aimlessly around! Something I remember doing quite frequently before I found them. ☺

Image: Opening screen of video 7 templates for impromptu speaking. Organize your speech quickly, easily and effectively.

Impromptu Public Speaking Topics

  1. My biggest concern for the future is...
  2. Real wealth is never measured in money or possessions.
  3. Conservation is survival.
  4. Real love is not the stuff of pop songs.
  5. If I were an animal I'd be a...
  6. Plants have feelings too.
  7. Junk food's popularity relies on marketing.
  8. To err is human. To forgive is divine. Discuss.
  9. The world is a smaller place these days.
  10. The more we communicate, the less we really say.
  11. When I grow up...
  12. To be grown up is a state of mind.
  13. Goals are good for you.
  14. The most important lesson of my life so far...
  15. Intelligence is not enough.
  16. If I ruled the world...
  17. Color affects the way people feel.
  18. Ill health begins in the mind.
  19. Team sports build strong individuals.
  20. Laughter is the best medicine.
  21. Fools and their money are easily parted.
  22. Discipline is not a dirty word.
  23. Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder.
  24. Children learn what they live with.
  25. Poverty is a state of mind.
  26. What characteristics make an ideal hero and why?
  27. What and who is an average person?
  28. Being young is over-rated.
  29. In what situation is lying a good idea?
  30. Does money make the world go round?
  31. What human quality do we need more of and why?
  32. Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
  33. How we look is unimportant. It's who we are on the inside that counts.
  34. Fashion victims I have known.
  35. Pets are for people who don't have children.
  36. Summer is the best and worst of times. Why?
  37. The media controls how and what we think.
  38. Advertising targeting children is immoral.
  39. Talking to someone and talking with someone are two different activities.
  40. Real learning doesn't occur in a classroom.
  41. What would you rather be - wise or intelligent?
  42. True wisdom comes from experience.
  43. A sense of humor is essential.
  44. Uniforms stifle individuality.
  45. What is normal is decided by the society we live in.
  46. Manners matter.
  47. Children should not watch television.
  48. Art is essential to life.
  49. Cities are for people not cars.
  50. Peace is possible.

Grab 'n go for busy people - Printable Speech Topics

Topics on the RUN

Get the 50 topics on this page PLUS 48 more.

It's a Serendipity (little-bit-of everything) Selection in an instantly available printable format -14 per A4 page. 

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Preview an example from the Proverbs collection. The topics from this page are formatted in exactly the same way.

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Get your own topics

To generate more impromptu public speaking topics:

  • Ask your friends/family/class to write down three per person.
  • Listen to the radio or scan the newspapers for local/national/international issues.

Possibilities are everywhere once you consciously look.

MORE impromptu speech topics

10+ themed sets of impromptu public speaking topics fresh from the creative, wild and wacky department! 

If you're looking for inspiration for your public speaking class or you need table topics for Toastmasters, click the link now.

Themed topic sets to get them laughing - the best way to learn ☺

                              Impromptu Speech Topics

Or here's 150 1 minute speech topics plus 3 sample speech outlines and speeches. The topics are split into 3 groups of 50: those suitable for kids, 50 work/career themed suggestions and and 50 just for fun.

                                 1 Minute Speech Topics

Image: Cartoon style clock face. Text: From zero to hero in 60 seconds. 150 one minute speech topics.

Fun games for practicing impromptu speaking

Image: a red cabbage - an unlikely candidate for an interview however in this public speaking game anything is possible.

For more impromptu speaking practice ideas visit this page of public speaking games

While some of these activities are drama based you'll find all 10 of them useful and FUN! They are especially good if you're a teacher looking for ideas to help you plan impromptu public speaking lessons for your class.

The One Minute Speeches activity featured below is included in the collection however it's minus the pdf of instructions, game variations and printable topics.

One minute speeches - 368 topics + instructions!

368 topics, instructions for introducing and running a session on One Minute Speeches, plus activity variations in an instantly available format. A great reusable impromptu speaking resource for busy teachers! Have a look.