Students have to complete a lot of writing assignments during college years. Writing a persuasive speech is one of these assignments - one of the toughest ones, actually. It's not only about having strong writing skills, using good arguments, and being able to persuade others to support a certain point of view - it's also about choosing good persuasive speech topics.
What are some good persuasive speech topics?
Choosing good topics for a persuasive speech isn't easy. That's the main reason why many students turn to our custom writing service for help, asking us "write my essay" or "help me with good persuasive speech topics". While this is okay, trying to come up with a topic on your own is also okay. So if you choose the second option, here's what you need to remember.
Good persuasive speech topics for college students are the ones that:
- are easy to research (if you don't find enough information, your speech might sound not as good as you had hoped)
- are interesting to hear about (and maybe a bit controversial too, but not too much - otherwise, you might get too passionate about the topic, not being able to defend your thoughts well enough)
- are appealing to you (if you don't enjoy the process, what's the point in it? Good persuasive speech topics are about believing in what you're talking about)
Here are some ideas for good persuasive speech topics. Check them out and use them as an inspiration to come up with your own topic.
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100+ demonstrative speech ideas for 'how to' presentations
'What are the best demonstration speech topics?'
|Could it be 'How to fly a kite'?||Or 'How to grow from seed'?||May be 'How to knot a tie'?|
The answer is simple but frustratingly inconclusive: 'It depends.'
These are the 'how to' or 'show and teach' speeches of which there are squillions of possibilities. You could waste hours considering this demonstrative speech topic against that one but you don't have to. Step through the guidelines below and make an informed decision.
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An ideal topic depends on:
* What you are interested in:
Your choice of demonstrative speech topic needs to be something you are genuinely interested in and know about.
Without enthusiasm or knowledge it's hard to inspire others to want to know more about a subject. And that's your goal! Ideally when you finish your speech, you'll find yourself on the receiving end of question after question from eager listeners wanting to know more.
* Who the speech is for:
You need to consider your audience before making your final choice.
What demonstration speech topics would interest them?
What would teach them something new?
What would be of value and appropriate for them to know?
* The setting of the speech:
Where is the speech to be given? In a classroom? In a public hall? In a living room? In the open air?
* The time you've got to give the speech:
There is no point in choosing something complex to show and teach if you have very limited time. What you select needs to fit easily into the allotted space.
* The guidelines for assessment: (if the speech is part of a public
You may find there are restrictions on using varying forms of visual aids: video or power-point for example. Check before you decide.
Use the demonstration speech topics below to kick-start your own creativity. Think of them as beginnings or starting points.
Rather than pick the first idea that jumps out, build up a short list. Then go through assessing the positive as well as negative aspects, keeping the audience, your interest, setting, time and assessment needs in mind.
Demonstration Speech Topics
- read the clouds
- read the stars
- read the tides
- read tree rings
- recognize differing types of rock
- read a landscape without a map
- water divine
- track animals in the wild
- forecast weather
- recognize poisonous plants or insects
- survive in the wild
- prepare a survival kit
- train a puppy
- wash a dog
- care for a kitten
- saddle a horse
- feed a dog, horse, cat,...correctly
- interpret animal behavior
- soothe a frightened dog, cat...
- keep a pet dog or cat in an apartment
- give medicines to your dog, cat...
- care for an injured or sick pet
- set up a fish bowl
- choose a pet
- teach a parrot to talk
- prepare basic landscaping plans
- lay bricks or paving stones
- build a fence
- make a swing
- make a children's play area
- build a compost bin
- make a greenhouse
- make a windbreak
- plant a tree
- grow from seed
- graft a plant
- prepare and plant a tub of flowers or vegetables
- plant a window box of herbs
- prune a rose bush
- care for garden tools
- make a bird feeder
- choose the right plants for the right situations
- plant spring bulbs
- recognize poisonous plants or insects
- make a no-dig garden
- encourage birds or bees into the garden
- make a patio or deck garden
- how to design & make a greeting card
- make a perfect posy of flowers
- learn to draw, sketch
- learn to paint in water colors
- make papier mache
- work puppets
- use stencils
- make natural dyes
- spin or weave
- create a seasonal center piece for the table
- make a Christmas wreath
- paint eggs
- press flowers
- make your own jewelery from antique buttons
- sew your own clothes
- design your own clothes
- arrange flowers
- make your own soft furnishings
- take a brass rubbing
- tie-dye a garment
- carve or whittle wood
- learn to skate board
- learn to surf
- wax a surfboard
- choose the right piece of sporting equipment (bike, surf or skate board, shoes, protective gear...)
- score a game of tennis
- catch a fish
- prepare and set a fishing net
- smoke a fish
- play chess, checkers, dominoes, cards...
- train for a marathon
- use a snorkel correctly
- hold a softball bat
- care for a set of golf clubs
- oil a bike
- fix a puncture
- prevent sporting injuries
- fly a kite
- be a team player
- shoot a goal
- ride a bike
Food & More
- make a perfect cup of coffee, tea...
- use chop sticks
- prepare green tea and serve it correctly
- make chocolate
- plan a party
- store frozen food
- read to a child
- set a dinner table
- talk to a deaf person
- buy online safely
- read body language
- understand cultural differences in body language
And then there's...
- fix a blocked sink
- fix a leaking faucet
- replace a cracked tile
- polish wooden furniture
- restore a piece of furniture
- change a car tire
- interpret a modern painting
- read a palm
- burglar proof your home
- save money
- break old habits
- use a cell phone
- how to make and upload a video to You-tube
- read braille
More demonstration topic ideas & help
Now you've chosen your demonstration speech topic find out more about how good demonstration speeches are structured. This is an easily followed 'how to' prepare your speech guide.
Or if you're still looking, try this page of 50 how to speech ideas.
These demonstration speech topics focus on teaching vital soft skills like 'how to apologize sincerely' or 'how to accept personal criticism positively'.
Would you like a print-friendly blank speech outline template to use?
The template will step you through an ordered sequence of steps to ensure your speech has a logical beginning, middle and end.
And if your speech is being formally evaluated why not find out what the judge will be marking you on?
There's a standard speech evaluation form here.
You can find more tips like these through checking the site map.