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If possible, and if the occasion will allow it, stick to ideas and topics that you naturally love and are interested in.  It's a sure fire way to naturally project enthusiasm and passion from stage, and in public speaking, that's always a good (not to mention contagious thing).  See the Best Public Speaking Article for more ideas on passion.

(3) Thought Provoking - Get people thinking by citing facts and ideas that are unique, interesting and informative.  To be a thought provoking public speaker means you're willing to go the extra mile by being willing to stretch your audience's brains, and they'll likely leave the venue fascinated by it.

(4) Funny. That is, not boring.  Humor is nearly always appropriate in public speaking, and has the added benefit of not only making the audience seem less scary, but putting you at ease as well.  Now your topic itself doesn't have to be funny or silly, but even a serious topic can make space for some humor.  See the Speech Humor article for more or have a look at these Funny Speech Topics.

(5) Unique.  That doesn't mean you have to speak about something NO ONE has ever talked about, but it might be a good idea to add your own twist to it.  If you end up speaking about something like cellphones, don't go the usual route by talking about cellphone benefits, prices, history etc.  How about a speech on "One year cellphone free living" or "Hooking up cellphones to replace car batteries"! Be creative and think outside the frame...  See the Unique Speech Topics page for more ideas.


List of Speech Topics



Below you'll find a list of speech topics that cover about 70 very broad categories, arranged alphabetically.  Take note that these are not necessarily topics per se (they're usually too broad for that, though some may work!), but are simply idea-boosters. 

Read this list of speech topics, while taking the above mentioned criteria in mind and then zoom in on one area that interests you and that you'd like to talk about.
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Advertising
Aerospace
Agriculture/farming
Antiques and collectibles
Apparel/clothing/fashion
Architecture/buildings
Arts & Crafts
Auctions
Automotive
Aviation
Beverages
Books
Chemicals
Children/parenting
Cleaning
Communications/media
Computers
Construction
Consulting
Conventions/Trade Shows
Design
Disabilities
Education
Electronics
Employment
Energy
Engineering
Entertainment
Financial services
Food
Gambling
Games
Government
Health
Hobbies
Home/garden/flowers/plants
Hospitality/entertaining
Information
Jewelry
Law
Manufacturing
Minerals
Music
New age
Office supplies
Publishing
Real Estate
Religion/Spirituality
Research and Development
Retail management
Science
Security
Sex
Software
Sports
Telecommunications
Toys
Trade
Transportation
Travel
Video
Weather
Informative Speech Topics
Got a speech coming up?  Time to choose a topic?  Well then, this is the place!  This page lists some easy-to-understand criteria for choosing great speech topics and helps you understand why great speeches start with great ideas.  It also has a list of speech topics to get you thinking in the right direction.
What Makes For Great Speech Topics?

I've never met a public speaker who didn't want to captivate, engage and entertain/inform their audiences.  Half of this is done through great delivery (a good stage personality), but the other half comes from content, and good content starts with good topics.  Good Speech Topics will portray many of the below elements...

(1) Interesting.  That is, not bland and generic.  Some topics are naturally interesting (making money, increasing productivity, living longer), while others have been used over and again to the point that their beaten to death (depending on where you're from 'gun control' might be a good example!). 

If you're a smart and creative public speaker, you'll learn to develop the skill of taking even bland topics and making them captivating (see #5 below).  But otherwise, try to stick to topics that both you and your audience will find interesting and informative.  Have a look at these Interesting Speech Topics for some ideas.

(2) You're passionate about it.  Great speakers shine on stage and shining comes naturally, when you're passionate about something.  If you love coffee, don't give a one hour speech on lemonade!  And if you're in love with water purifiers, don't lecture on vacuum cleaners!