By: Susan Dugdale | Last modified: 01-09-2020 | First published: 08-01-2015
So you're preparing to give a speech.
The next step, unless you've been told or you've already decided for yourself, is choosing a topic.
What will you talk about? Getting an answer to that question can seem frustratingly difficult. There are literally so many possibilities.
For instance, will you 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' or 'how to' speeches where you demonstrate a skill, make something, or explain how something works. Think of these speeches as stepping through a process from beginning to end, showing and explaining every step of the way.
The goal of them is often to inspire those listening to try whatever is being shown for themselves.
I have three pages of topics specifically selected because they are good for demonstration speeches. You'll see the lists are adaptable to meet the needs of people of middle school age and upwards.
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 readily adaptable for those either younger or older.
Both pages are really useful if you're a teacher or parent looking for inspiration! I've carefully put together lists covering social/community issues, arts and culture, sports and games, food, fun and whimsy, hobbies, and more.
Change my mind!
Challenge my thinking!
And, if appropriate, make me laugh!
Whatever topic you choose you will be expected to take a position on it and persuade your audience to consider what you're saying about it seriously.
'To be vegan is the only right, and moral way to live.'
'Good or right thinking is a matter of opinion.'
My three persuasive speech topic pages are below.
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.
Go on. Make them snort with laughter.
Here's a page of topic suggestions that go way beyond ordinary.
There's a bundle of ideas around the growing influence of social media, a collection of thought provoking suggestions centered on your very own community and family history, some 'weird' topics, and more.
You only need ONE truly bright and original idea, right?
Have a look here for it.
There are lots of interesting speech topic ideas to browse through.
An informative speech does what its title says: it informs. It gives the facts about the topic. Not people's feelings about the subject - just the facts.
Informational speech topic possibilities are quite truly endless.
Use my page as 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 is its history? What are the special days, like Palm Sunday, all about? 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 an inspirational demonstration or an interesting informative speech.
Help! I have a class and need lots of impromptu speech topics for them to practice with.
You've got them here. I have three pages of topics for impromptu speaking.
You'll find them suitable for middle school and upwards. They're great for public speaking clubs too.