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Speaking on stage is an opportunity in itself. It is a chance to express yourself, share your views with the audience and receive their feedback. An informative speech is an opportunity to educate or inform people about something you know or have researched on. Speaking on a funny speech topic is your chance to entertain the audience. A persuasive speech topic gives you the opportunity to influence the listeners while a demonstrative topic lets you explain something you know about in a way that the audience understands.
The bottom line of public speaking is to capture public interest. Your speech topic and speech delivery should be such that the listeners don't lose interest till the end of your speech. Whichever type of speech it is, choosing an interesting topic is essential.
When choosing a speech topic, take the following things into account.
  • The occasion
  • The audience
  • Your interest
  • Your strengths
  • Time
Start well in advance. Take help from your parents or teachers. Rehearse with a few close friends and ask them for feedback.
We are here to help you choose speech topics. Take a look at some interesting speech topics given here and pick the ones you like.
Informative Speech Topics
  • History of Barbie
  • Famous Inventors and their Inventions
  • Formation of Volcanoes (you could choose any other ecological phenomenon like formation of caves, formation of glaciers, etc.)
  • Endangered Animal Species
  • World-famous Artists
  • Leaders who changed the World
  • Evolution of Computers
  • Nutrients in Food
  • Impact of Technology
  • The Most Iconic Sports Figures
  • Famous People from your country/city
  • The Reality of Reality Shows
  • History of the English Alphabet
  • History of the Number System
  • Pros and Cons of Cloning
  • Alternative Sources of Energy and their Use
Informative speech topics
  • The Newest in Technology
  • Genetically Modified Food
  • A particular Period in History
  • A Favorite TV or Radio Show
  • A Favorite Cuisine
  • How a particular gadget Works
  • A particular Revolution or Movement in History
  • Tips/Advice on Investing in... choose from stocks, gold, silver, etc.
  • History of Chocolate
  • Effects of Pollution
  • Impact of Technology
Demonstrative Speech Topics
  • Flower Arrangement
  • Teach American Sign Language Alphabet
  • How to Make a Sand Castle
  • How to Make Ice Cream
  • Packing for a Trip
  • Making a Family Tree
  • How to Read Piano Music
  • How to Iron Clothes
  • Making a Halloween Mask
  • Decorating a Christmas Tree
  • How to Tie different Knots
  • How to Play a particular board game
  • How to Pack a Suitcase
  • How to Set up an E-mail Account
  • How to Play a particular Musical Instrument
  • Use of Contact Lenses
  • How to Iron Clothes
  • How to Plant a Tree
  • How to Eat using Chopsticks
  • The Right Way to Use a Spoon, Fork, and Knife
  • How to Apply Makeup
Demonstrative speech topics
  • How to Straighten or Curl your Hair (You could also choose to demonstrate a particular hairstyle.)
  • How to Set a Dinner Table
  • Steps to Draw a... (choose from flowers, cartoon characters, a particular animal/bird, etc.)
  • How to Make a... (choose from craft ideas like making a paper lantern, an origami rose, airplane, paper mache, playdough, gift bag, greeting card, etc.)
  • Fun things to do with... (choose from glue, waste paper, toilet paper, old cardboard box, buttons, old plastic bottles, old clothes. Here, you would be expected to suggest wealth-from-waste ideas and demonstrate innovative ways of using or making something creative out of old materials.)
  • How to Polish Shoes
  • How to Read Maps
  • Yoga Poses of Good Health
Persuasive Speech Topics
  • Zoos are good/bad for preservation of animals (go with the option you are convinced with)
  • The recess should be longer
  • Benefits of homework
  • Save the planet
  • Don't give in to peer pressure
  • Uniforms should/should not be made compulsory (go with the option you are convinced with)
  • Be a vegetarian
  • Treat obesity seriously
  • It's important to learn a second language
  • Athletic scholarships are fair/unfair (go with the option you are convinced with)
  • There should be a minimum age for plastic surgery
  • Entrance exam scores are not true indicators of a student's caliber
Persuasive speech topics
  • Drug addicts should be given medical treatment instead of legal punishment
  • The tax system is fair/unfair (go with the option you are convinced with)
  • Laws for gun control need to be stricter
  • Education is important
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Smoking is bad for health
Funny Speech Topics
  • Funniest pranks
  • My most embarrassing moment
  • How I was April fooled
  • Weird things to do on your birthday
  • How to drive someone crazy
  • Excuses for not doing homework
  • Funny voicemail messages
  • ... and I couldn't stop laughing
  • Funny animal behavior
  • Snappy comebacks
  • Fun ways to order a pizza
  • Funny Internet terms
  • Coincidences
  • Crazy laws
  • My biggest blooper
  • Fun ways to remember names/faces
  • Funny questions for friends
  • The stupidest/silliest questions I have been asked
  • The dumbest questions I have ever asked
  • Jokes that make you laugh each time you listen to/read them
Funny speech topics
  • Meeting an alien
  • Why the world's a funny place
  • Why English is a funny language
  • Prank call ideas
  • Strange addictions
  • Weird world records
Other Interesting Speech Topics
  • Why do stars twinkle?
  • Causes of eclipses
  • Why is the grass green?
  • How birds know when to migrate
  • Why chameleons change color
  • Reasons why we overeat
  • Why do we have dreams when asleep?
  • Why do doctors wear white coats?
  • Why bats hand upside down
  • How honeybees make honey
  • How emotions affect memory
  • How animals communicate
  • How do we remember things?
  • What makes us addicted to things?
  • How the heart works
  • How the brain works
  • What makes a good leader
  • First day at school/college
  • My hobbies
  • My summer trip
  • My favorite sport
  • My house
  • Why I love my... (you could choose any close relation like mom, dad, sibling, or grandparents)
  • A food I won't mind eating everyday
  • My favorite subject in school
  • My greatest fear
  • My most favorite possession
  • The happiest day in my life
  • How to decorate your room
  • How to plan a surprise party
  • The best last-minute gifts to buy
What's the Occasion? Who's the Audience?
The occasion could be an event in school or a speech competition. In case of an event or celebration in school, your speech topic should pertain to the significance of that day. In case of a speech competition, you might be given a set of subjects to choose from. In this case, you should also consider the difficulty level of your speech topic. The audience could be students and teachers from your school or from other schools as well. Or it could be your parents. Choose a topic depending on the occasion and the kind of audience you have.
What You Like; What You Are Good At
The next most important things are your interest and strengths. You need to see which subjects interest you and what you are good at. If you know you cannot speak on a funny topic, no point choosing one. If you know you cannot speak convincingly, you may not be able to deliver a good persuasive speech. Similarly, if you are not interested in a particular subject, don't force yourself to choose it as your speech topic. There are less chances of being able to give an interesting speech on a topic you never liked.
The Time You Have
The next important factor is the time allotted to you. There are topics you can't cover in a five-minute speech and there are topics you can't stretch beyond three minutes. A speech on environmental problems, for example, can go long while you cannot speak about something like 'how volcanoes are formed' for more than say 3-4 minutes. Now, environmental problems are so many that you can talk about each of them elaborately. But 'how volcanoes are formed' is a very specific topic and in stretching the speech too long, you'll end up being repetitive. The complexity of your topic defines the length of your speech and that determines your preparation time too.
Interesting speech topics make you explore new subjects, experiment with new things, and present what you know in an interesting way. A speech reflects your eloquence and oratory skills as well as the research that has gone into making the speech. Especially so, when it's an informative or demonstrative topic. Different types of speeches demand different skills. A persuasive speech requires convincing skills while an informative one should be backed by thorough research. A demonstrative speech requires demonstration skills in the speaker while a funny speech demands sense of humor. Whichever topic you pick, make sure it is interesting and your speech also is. Choose one of the interesting speech topics for kids given here; give yourself enough time for preparation, and get ready to set the stage on fire!