Impromptu speech topics

A lot of lists are available for impromptu speech topics. My topic list evolved regularly. I typed it up recently for someone on request and wanted to offer it here as well.

At the start of the semester, I would choose a topic then ask a question for the students. Later in the semester, I could just read the topic and let the students run with it. If you have a reluctant group, you could stick with the questions.

The persuasive topics can be a bit more difficult so I only used them for the last few days of the semester for the few students that had to finish up their impromptus. For the persuasive impromptus, I would give the students two topics and let them choose one.

Informative topics:

Web sites – what’s the best web site that we’ve probably never heard of?
Video games – what’s the best video game you’ve played?
Coaches – who is your favorite or least favorite coach? or what makes a good coach?
Football players – who is your favorite or least favorite football player?
Best places to go in our state – what is a great place to visit in our state?
Pets (this one is always popular) – what is the best kind of pet to have?
Best apps – what is a great app that we’ve probably never heard of?
Vacation spots – what is a great place to take a vacation?
Commercials – what is the best or worst commercial you’ve seen?
Pizza – tell us about the best pizza you’ve ever had?
Movies – what’s the best or worst movie you’ve seen?


Basketball players – who is your favorite or least favorite player?
Authors – who is your favorite author?
Exercise – what is a great way to get exercise for a busy student?
Restaurants – tell us about the best restaurant you’ve visited.
Comedians – who is your favorite comedian/comedienne?
Musical bands – what is the best band out there right now?
TV shows – what is your favorite TV show?
Computers – give us some tips about buying a computer, or share your horror stories
Buying a car – give us some tips about buying a car, or share your horror stories
Actresses – who is your favorite actress?
Baseball players – who is your favorite or least favorite player?
Board games – what is your favorite board game? or is there one you have a fierce competition with family or friends?
Actors – who is your favorite actor?
Books – tell us about one great book you’ve read recently.
Unusual food combinations – tell us about a strange food combination you love.

If the group is brave with the impromptus, I will sometimes add:

Handsome men – who is the most handsome man?
Beautiful women – who is the most beautiful woman?

Persuasive topics:

Major league baseball DOES or DOES NOT need a salary cap.
Select an elective class you have taken in high school and convince us why we should take it too.
People with concealed carry permits SHOULD or SHOULD NOT be allowed to bring weapons on school property.
Television IS or IS NOT too graphic and violent.
College football DOES or DOES NOT need a playoff system.
We are planning a trip over summer vacation. Convince us where we should go.
People SHOULD or SHOULD NOT eat meat. Convince us.
We want to take up a new workout but can’t choose one. Select one type of exercise and convince us it is the best choice.
The drinking age SHOULD or SHOULD NOT be lowered to 18.
A foreign language SHOULD or SHOULD NOT be required for all high school students.
We want to take a friend out for her birthday somewhere in town. Convince us where we should go.
Students who use electronics during class SHOULD or SHOULD NOT have their grade penalized.
We want to get new pets. Select one type of animal and convince us it is the best choice.
The death penalty IS or IS NOT cruel and unusual punishment.
We are shopping for a new car or truck. Select a model and convince us that it is the best choice.
We want to go to or rent a movie for the weekend. Convince us what we should see.
Public high school students SHOULD or SHOULD NOT be required to wear uniforms.
Select something you have with you today and convince us that we need one too.

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About teachingpublicspeaking

I believe public speaking can go from most dreaded class to favorite class. I'm a former public speaking college instructor who spent years seeking out activities, assignments and examples to make the class interactive as well as educational -- they are collected here. I welcome suggestions for additions.

One response to “Impromptu speech topics”

  1. kbv7001 says :

    Reblogged this on technologylearning and commented:
    ideas for impromptu speeches

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