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Having trouble coming up with a speech topic? Check out our suggested topics below and get those creative juices flowing. Topics are listed for informative speeches, persuasive speeches, special occasion speeches, and business presentations.

  Informative Speech Topics
  • Inform my audience about the origins and current trends in public radio.
  • Inform my audience about how a natural disaster develops such as a tornado, a hurricane, or an earthquake.
  • Inform my audience about the origins, development, and ethical implications of polygraph testing.
  • Inform my audience about communication apprehension and its two forms—audience-specific and context-based.
  • Inform my audience on the frequency and use of deception in commercial advertising.
  • Inform my audience about how to conduct genealogical research (family history).
  • Inform my audience about the growth of women's participation in sports.
  • Inform my audience about a cultural or religious custom.
  • Inform my audience about marriage rituals around the world.
  • Inform my audience about the history and development of jigsaw puzzles.
  • Inform my audience about the most common verbal and nonverbal indicators of deception.
  • Inform my audience about how to obtain one's credit report and what it means.
  • Inform my audience about the latest developments in HIV/AIDS research.
  • Inform my audience about how and why interest rates affect stock prices.
  • Inform my audience about the history and mystery of crop circles.
  • Inform my audience about the uses of humor in hospital settings.
  • Inform my audience about critically evaluating information on the Internet.
  • Inform my audience about NASCAR racing.
  • Inform my audience about past and current trends of homelessness in the U.S.
  • Inform my audience about the effects of color and how colors are used in business and professional settings.
  Persuasive Speech Topics
  • Persuade my audience that hate speech should (not) be protected by the First Amendment.
  • Persuade my audience that the legal drinking age should be raised/lowered.
  • Persuade my audience that the Y2K problem is (not) as serious as the media portrays it.
  • Persuade my audience that welfare mothers should (not) be required to work.
  • Persuade my audience that congressional term limits should (not) be imposed.
  • Persuade my audience why it is (not) necessary to participate in a recycling program.
  • Persuade my audience that it is (not) crucial for people to develop a career before marriage.
  • Persuade my audience why Americans should (not) become bilingual.
  • Persuade my audience why prostitution should (not) be legalized in the U.S.
  • Persuade my audience that the death penalty is (not) an ethical punishment.
  • Persuade my audience why Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) should (not) be more strictly regulated at the federal level.
  • Persuade my audience why Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, or any other U.S. president was the best president.
  • Persuade college students why they should (not) join a campus political organization of their choice.
  • Persuade my audience on why the U.S. government should provide more funds for the arts.
  • Persuade my audience that marijuana should (not) be legalized in the U.S.
  • Persuade my audience why the use of animals in cosmetics testing and medical research should (not) be banned.
  • Persuade my audience that college students should (not) be required to take a multicultural education class.
  • Persuade my audience that elementary and high schools should (not) post the Ten Commandments in every classroom.
  Special Occasion Speech Topics
  • Deliver a best man or maid-of-honor's toast to a wedding couple at their reception.
  • Deliver an inspiring speech at a high school or college commencement ceremony.
  • Deliver a eulogy for a historical figure.
  • Deliver an acceptance speech for winning an award, such as a scholarship, a Nobel or Pulitzer Prize, or MVP of an athletic competition.
  • Deliver a speech on a company's successes at an annual banquet.
  • Give a roast at an employee's retirement party.
  • Deliver a speech as a newly appointed company president to employees.
  • Deliver the keynote address to an important gathering, such as the National Organization for Women's annual convention.
  • Give an entertaining speech on the use of humor during the keynote luncheon at the American Medical Association's annual convention.
  • Present an employee-of-the-year award at a company meeting.
  Business Presentation Topics
  • Prepare a presentation to management staff on the effective use of PowerPoint.
  • Prepare a presentation to sales representatives on various strategies for closing a sale.
  • Promote an advertising campaign to sell a new health food product (or any product) to a potential client.
  • Prepare a presentation to new employees on the company's sexual harassment policies.
  • Prepare a multicultural training seminar for new employees.
  • Prepare a presentation to company managers on effective time management.
  • Prepare a presentation on using computers to increase one's job productivity.
  • Present a department's quarterly earnings, losses, and expenses to upper management.
  • Prepare a technical presentation to new employees on how to complete a task that is crucial to their job.
  • Deliver a progress report to management on a group's development of their advertising campaign.
  • Deliver a staff report to employees on changes in their retirement benefits package.