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So you've been asked to give a speech and you've accepted.
The next step is deciding the topic. What will you talk about? Getting an answer to that question can seem frustratingly difficult. There are literally so many possibilities.
Will I talk about how cat memes are taking over the internet? Miaow.
What about a 'show and tell' featuring Great Aunt Lucy's lace collection?
Or perhaps a speech delving into the murky, and sometimes downright disturbing, origins of children's nursery rhymes?
They're all good speech topics; depending on your interest in them, your audience, and the type of speech you've been asked to prepare.
To help narrow the scope, and lessen the likelihood of becoming overwhelmed through having too much to choose from, here's a collection of speech topic suggestions arranged either by age group, speech type, or theme.
I hope they're useful!
These are the 'show and tell' speeches where you demonstrate a skill inspiring others to try it for themselves.
There are three pages of topics suitable for demonstration.
I've got two pages of speech topics especially chosen with children in mind. They're mainly for kids in the middle school age bracket (11 - 14 years old) but are adaptable to those younger or older. These are really useful if you're a teacher or parent looking for inspiration!
Convince me! Change my mind! Challenge my thinking! Convert me!
These are persuasive 'issue-driven' topics. For example: 'To be vegan is the only right, and moral way to live.'
They're silly; deliberately daft and ridiculous! These speech topics focus on light-hearted nonsense, tilting the world side-ways, giving your audience a glimpse of it funny side-up.
Gems include: 'how to procrastinate like a professional', 'how to look innocent', 'why lying can be useful', ...
Want a speech topic to sizzle? How about one leaving your audience calling for more? You only need ONE truly bright and original idea, right? Have a look here for ...
... lots of interesting speech topic ideas
An informative speech does what its title says: it informs. It gives the facts about the topic. The possibilities are quite truly endless.
Here's a beginning to set your own creative juices in motion.
A commemorative or tribute speech honors the memory of a person, a group, an institution, a thing, an event or an idea.
Use this commemorative speech topic helper page (and its resource links) to identify the right topic and theme to match the event you've been asked to speak at.
How to choose a good controversial or argumentative topic.
This page on choosing controversial speech topics reviews the steps and decisions involved.
You'll find ongoing links to excellent topic lists to browse.
Easter - what's its history? What do bunnies and chocolate eggs have to do with it? Why does the White House have a tradition of egg-rolling as part of its Easter celebrations?
Use this page of Easter speech topic possibilities to find an idea for a demonstration or an informative speech.
Help! I have a class and need lots of impromptu speech topics for them to practice with.
You've got them here.
You'll find the topics suitable for middle school and upwards. They're great for public speaking clubs too.