Speech 100 – Speech Topics
Developing a Speech Topic for Speech 100
In choosing a topic for your speech, try to think of something that (1) interests you, and (2) that
you are familiar with. If you are interested and familiar with the topic, your research will be
easier, your delivery will be more comfortable, and your enthusiasm will keep the audience
interested. The best speech topics for this class are those that are about you – your job, your
hobbies, your travels, your activities, your vacations, etc.
What may seem mundane or ordinary to you can become a fascinating 5-7 minute speech for the
rest of us. In addition, developing a speech about something you do is much easier to do.
The speech topic should be...
1. ... interesting to you. If it’s not, the audience won’t care about it either!
2. ... interesting to your audience. Or, at least it should be capable of being made interesting
3. ... appropriate to the situation or occasion (that is, informative, persuasive, geared
towards the audience, etc.).
4. ... appropriate to the time available. Your speech should be from 5-7 minutes in about 3
weeks from now. Don’t tackle a topic that cannot be researched and presented in the time
5. ... manageable. In other words, it should be something with which you are familiar so that
you do not get in “over your head.”
So how do you choose a topic if you haven’t already? Try developing a personal inventory.
Answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper. Now, look over the lists that you
have created. Which of these topics could become speech topics based upon the six criteria?
Select five (5), and think of at least 2-3 topics about each of these five. Select the one that
interests you the most.
• What news stories in the past year have been of interest to you?
• What are your favorite books?
• What magazines do you read regularly?
• What magazines interest you even if you do not find time to read them regularly?
• What local events have fascinated you?
• What makes your