Speech Topics To Motivate You
Afraid you can't come up with good speech topics? Your worries are over! This page will get you started and then you can read the articles for even more ideas.
At the foot of this page you'll find links to articles about speech topics. Most of these articles will have lists of topics, because sometimes you're in a hurry right? You just need a topic, now!
If you've got a few more minutes though, you'll find each article contains something special as well as the topics. Each one has a lesson to help you get past your fear of public speaking.
Here's a list of motivational quotes. You can use them as the topic of your speech, or use them to inspire you when you're looking for a speech topic. They might even also help you with some of your public speaking fears!
- Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature,
nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits
in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
- Helen Keller
- Before you embark on any path ask the question, does this path have a heart? If the answer is no, you will know it and then you must choose another path. The trouble is that nobody asks the question. And when a man finally realizes that he has taken a path without a heart the path is ready to kill him.
- Carlos Castaneda
- The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
- Kahlil Gibran
- A speech, Seneca once declared, should evolve like the act of love. It should begin slowly, it should progress at a steady pace, it should end with a bang - and it should last no more than two minutes!
- The eloquent man is he who is no beautiful speaker, but who is inwardly and desperately drunk with a certain belief. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1845
- Grasp the subject, the words will follow.
Author: Cato The Elder
- As the British philosopher, Edmund Burke, once opined, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men [and women] do nothing.”
- “As long as there are human rights to be defended; as long as there are great interests to be guarded; as long as the welfare of nations is a matter for discussion, so long will public speaking have its place.”
William Jennings Bryan quotes (American Politician and Orator. 1860-1925)
- I will reproduce below Pastor Martin Neimöller’s poem, “First they came for the Jews”, which was written to make the same point to German intellectuals who remained silent as the Nazis visited violence on their victims:
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out -- because I was not a Communist;
Then they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out -- because I was not a Socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out -- because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out -- because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak out for me.
- Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.
--D. H. Lawrence
- 'Of those who say nothing, few are silent.'
- Mere words are cheap and plenty enough, but ideas that rouse and set multitudes thinking come as gold from the mines.
- Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
-- Rudyard Kipling
- A good orator is pointed and impassioned.
Author: Marcus T. Cicero
- A speech is poetry: cadence, rhythm, imagery, sweep! A speech reminds us that words, like children, have the power to make dance the dullest beanbag of a heart. ~Peggy Noonan
- Always be shorter than anybody dared to hope. ~Lord Reading, on speechmaking
- "Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening."
— Dorothy Sarnoff
Do any of these ideas inspire you in your search for speech topics? As you can see many of these wise people emphasize speaking from your heart and it's true that it's hard to go too far wrong when you do that.
So what speech topics do you feel passionate about? If you're stuck why not pick up today's newspaper and find the first article that makes you mad. They are a reliable source of bad news which normally makes up at least 80% of their daily content. So there should be something in there that causes some sort of emotional reaction.
Pick speech topics that society seems to be struggling with, do your research, paint vivid emotional pictures through stories (either personal or about others) and then let us have it! You never know who might be in the audience.
You have absolutely no need to be afraid of public speaking so don't ever let it get in the way of coming up with interesting, stimulating speech topics.
For more on topics for speeches read the articles below.
How To Come Up With Lots Of Topics
A simple process to follow whenever you're feeling a bit stuck for speech ideas.
Fun Speech Topics
Ever worried because you can't seem to come up with a funny speech topic? You need to read this article and you'll never worry about it again.
Humorous Speech Topics
Some ideas to help you come up with an endless supply of funny speech topics. The article includes a formula as well as some light-hearted quotes to get you started.
Topics For Kids
This article has a list of actual topics that 10 and 11 year old kids used in various school speech contests recently. It's an amazing list. There's also a list of questions kids can ask themselves to come up with topics easily.
The Best Speech Topic Of Your Life
When you need to write that special speech. The speech that'll blow them away. It could be for a speech contest or it could be for a very special occasion. No matter what, if you need a special speech you need to read this article.
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