How to Pick a Public Speaking Topic


Public speaking is a major fear for a great deal of people. There's no need to fear public speaking. Learning how to speak in front of a large group of people can be achieved. Public Speaking is an art form and picking a topic that you are passionate about will help you to be a successful public speaker.

Things You'll Need

  • Speech guidelines
  • List of interests
  • Topic resources

Pick Enthusiastically

  • Make sure that you know the outline of your assignment. Be careful to not pick a topic that is inappropriate.

  • Think about who your audience is. Relate your topic according to your audience's gender, cultural, age and common ties.

  • Think about what type of speech you want. There are how to informative speeches, persuasive speeches or special occasion speeches.

  • Pick a topic that interests you and that will interest your audience. Make a list of everything you like and look through the list to see if there is something that might interest your audience too. Think about your favorite ideas, objects, animals, people, places, events, policies and special skills that you have. Staying personal will help you to be passionate about your speech. Passionate speakers hook and hold their audience.

  • Narrow down your topic. You do not want your topic to be too broad, because you may only have a short amount of time to speak. Try not to make your topic to complex. Explaining about complex subjects can be difficult. Make sure that your audience can understand what you are talking about.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep your eyes and ears open everywhere you go, you never know where you might find your speech topic.
  • Do not worry if you get nervous, most people cannot even tell that you are nervous.
  • Even famous people get nervous.
  • Give it your all and be happy .
  • Practice.
  • Speak up when giving your speech.
  • Pause instead of saying "umm".

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