Speech Topics in English

Speech

A speech is a means to express one’s thoughts or opinions, share information about something or create awareness among a large group of people. A good speech consists of utmost clarity of thought,  accurate facts and a view which is completely unbiased.

In order to write an impressive speech, one must be well acquainted with the topic, must have a sound vocabulary and should be able to organise one’s thoughts in order to create a great impact.

However, before writing the speech, you may want to jot down the major points. Those points provide a framework that puts the major points and supporting materials in order. Arrange the points in such a structure that leaves a major impact on the audience.

Format of the Speech

The Introduction 

The introduction usually describes the whole purpose of the speech. A good introduction serves as a perfect attention-getter, an opportunity to introduce the topic and make a  perfect impression. Some good ways to attract attention include using a quotation, telling a small story, posing questions to engage, using humour to lighten the mood, using interesting facts, providing an illustration or anecdote etc. 

The audience determines your reliability based on the introduction—they wish to know why they should trust what you have to say. Therefore, displaying yourself as a reliable speaker in the introduction is vital.

The Body 

The body is the main and most comprehensive part of the speech, where you provide the audience with the major supporting points.  Main points should automatically flow from the speech’s goal. It is always better to limit your written content to include between two and five important points. Speeches with three main points are generally common. The audience will forget the points if your body is full of points. Focusing on the main points and providing effective supporting facts for each point makes your speech more interesting. Supporting points are the points which you have gathered to justify your main points. These help to substantiate your thesis. 

The Conclusion 

The conclusion wraps up the speech by giving a summary of what the audience was expected to have understood or have been convinced to do during the presentation. 

Types of Speech

  1. Informative – This speech is to provide very interesting and utilitarian information to your audience. 

Some examples of informative speeches:

  • A Tutor telling students about natural calamities.

  • A researcher talking about his research.

  • A travel Story about Amazon forest.

 2. Demonstrative Speeches – 

It is almost similar to the Informative speech. This type of speech provides information on a topic and also how to do a particular thing.

Some examples of demonstrative speeches:

  • How to learn to talk confidently

  • How to cook a steak

  • How to write an essay

    3.  Persuasive – 

A persuasive speech instigates listeners to change their way of thinking towards something. It is to convince the audience to do something or stop doing something.

Some examples of persuasive speeches:

  • Become a blood donor

  • Television profanity is negatively influencing our children

  • Write better by reading books

  • Become a volunteer and save animals

  4. Entertaining -

The speaker provides fun and enjoyment that make the audience laugh or identify with anecdotal information. Some examples of entertaining speeches:

  • Excuses for any occasion

  • Explaining baseball to an Indian

Important Speech Topics to Prepare

    Education

  • Is climate change due to human activity?

  • What is an effective way to reduce food waste?

  • Should households recycle waste?

  • What is the best source of energy for India?

  • Should there be a higher tax on non-renewable sources of energy?

  • What is the best way to save water?

  • Are plastic bags worse than paper bags?

  • How can we save electricity?

  • Should people have a right to stop the construction of a wind farm near their homes?

  • Solar Power should be encouraged.

Technology

  • Is television affecting children’s way of thinking?

  • Electric cars should be promoted.

  • Electric vehicles should be launched cheaper.

  • What should happen when artificial intelligence replaces most job?

  • Will self-driving cars be a positive or negative development?

  • Are video games always bad for kids?

  • When does online interaction become internet bullying?

  • How much should people share about themselves online?

  • Should there be an age requirement for seeing certain types of content online?

  • Does social media broaden the perspectives or isolate viewpoints?

  • What is the best way to know whether something is real or fake news?

  • Should potential employers look up employees online?

Politics and the Economy

  • Should city parks close when? Why or why not?

  • Is the social security system a good thing for our country?

  • Should all citizens of a country receive free healthcare?

  • LPG policies were good or bad for economic growth?

  • Narendra Modi is the best prime minister?

  • Are elections fair in India?

  • Are taxes a fair way for the government to raise money?

  • China is trying to dominate the underdeveloped countries.

Entertainment

  • Most embarrassing moment of my life.

  • The worst joke I have ever cracked.

  • Best movie I have ever watched.

  • Iron man is the best robot movie.

  • Pickup lines that will never work.

  • The date where I got stood up.

  • When I flunked my class and got caught.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Does the Speech have to be Lengthy?

Speech does not have to be very short, not very long as it should contain all the important points you want to convey. There is no such limit but an optimum balance of words is required to .

2. Why is Speech Writing Important?

Speech writing is important because it teaches you to put your ideas through a group of people and also support them with facts. It gives you the confidence to be able to speak in front of many people. 

3. Speech Writing Formal or Informal?

It is both, Speech can be about formal topics like education, Politics etc or it can be about any informal experience or funny incident.

4. How Long is a 2-Minute Speech?

2 minutes speech can be of about 200- 300 words.