Impromptu Public Speaking Topics
1 My biggest concern for the future is…(why?)
2 Wealth should never be measured in money or possessions. (why?)
3 Real love is not the stuff of pop songs …(because)
4 If I were an animal I'd be a/an ... (because)
5 Plants have feelings too (because)
6 Argue for or against chewing gum in school.
7 To err (make mistakes) is human. To forgive them is divine (good). (why?).
8 Do kids have it worse than adults? (why?)
9 Should smoking be banned for good? Argue for or against.
10 When I grow up I will not make [this mistake} (because)
11 To be grown up is a state of mind - as is being young (because)
12 Goals are good for you.
13 The most important lesson of my life so far is... (because)
14 Intelligence is not enough to succeed in school (because)
15 If I ruled the world, the first thing I would do would be... (because)
16 Color in clothing affects the way people feel about others (because)
17 Bad health begins in the mind. (why?)
18 Team sports build strong character (because)
19 Laughter is the best medicine for life (because)
20 Fools and their money are easily parted (because).
21 Discipline is not a dirty word (because).
22 Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder (because).
23 A child’s home life affects their success in school the most (because).
24 Being poor is a state of mind (because).
25 What characteristics make an ideal hero and why?
26 What and who is an average person? (why?)
27 Being young is overrated (why).
28 In what situation is lying a good idea (why)?
29 Does money make the world go round (why)?
30 What human quality do we need more of and why?
31 Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
32 How we look is unimportant. It's who we are on the inside that counts (why)..
33 Pets are for people who don't have children. (why?)
34 Summer is the best and worst of times. (why?)
35 The media controls how and what we think.
36 If you could choose to be the opposite gender, would you do so and why?
37 Schools should bring back corporal punishment (beatings) in the middle school (why?)
38 A nation’s character can be judged by how it treats its animals (why).
39 America is a country that has lost its manners (because)
40 Real learning doesn't occur in a classroom (why).
41 What would you rather be - wise or intelligent (because)?
42 Real wisdom comes from experience (why).
43 A sense of humor to cope with life is essential (why).
44 School uniforms stifle individuality (because).
45 There is no “normal” in the society we live in (because).
46 Children should not watch television (because).
47 Art is essential to the quality of life (why).
48 Wilmington is not a city for bicycle riders (why).
49 You are an ant. Convince an anteater to not eat you.
50 Explain three different ways to eat an Oreo cookie.
51 Tell us about a nickname you have and how you got it.
52 Convince us to vote for you as president of the USA.
53 Explain three uses for a pencil besides for writing.
54 Tell us about your summer plans.
55 Convince us that homework is harmful to your health.
56 Tell us about your favorite pet and why it should win the Greatest Pet Ever award.
57 If you were an animal, what would you be (why)?
58 You are a salesperson trying to sell us the shirt you have on.
59 Explain how the platypus is both bird and mammal and why it became so
60 Tell us about the hardest thing you have ever done in school.
61 You are a mad scientist. Tell us about your latest invention.
62 You are a famous sports player. Describe your best moment of a game.
63 You are a famous rock star. Explain the best parts of your career.
64 Explain the benefits of drinking milk, coffee, sports drinks or soda
65 Tell us how to become a millionaire.
66 Tell us about the best dream you've ever had. (why?)
67 Create a myth that explains why pelicans have big beaks or kangaroos have pouches.
68 Tell us how to make a new friend.
69 Tell us about your most fun recess activity.
70 Tell us about your favorite holiday.
71 Tell us how to make your favorite meal.
72 Tell us what irks you the most about other students and why.
73 Explain which came first: the chicken or the egg.
74 Explain the rules to your favorite game.
75 Explain how to make your favorite pizza.
76 Explain four uses for a drinking glass other than for holding a liquid.
77 Convince our principal to give students their birthdays off of school.
78 Describe how you would modify a snail so it can go faster.
79 Explain the best way to teach an old dog a new trick.
80 Describe the life cycle of any animal.
81 If you could have one wish, what would it be and what would you do with it?
82 If you could take a cruise for a week, where would you go?
83 If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be? (why?)
84 If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
85 If you could change your name, what would you change it to? (why?)
86 How would you explain what courage is?
87 What subject do you think you're best at in school? (why?)
88 Who is your role model in this school and why?
89 Describe the best vacation place you've gone on and why it was great..
89 What do you like to do more than anything in the world?
90 What is your favorite sport (why)?
91 What is your favorite book (why)?
92 If you could be a farm animal, which one would you be?
93 What is your favorite day of the week (why)?
94 Tell us about your favorite hobby. Why does it fascinate you?
95 What do you want to be when you grow up (why)?
96 What do you like to do in your spare time?
97 If you could make anyone into your servant, who would it be and why?
98 If you could be rich or famous, which would you choose (why)?
99 If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be (why)?
100 If you could meet anyone from the past, who would it be (why)?
101 What is your favorite possession that only holds value to you (why)?
102 Who is your favorite teacher and what things have they taught you of value?
103 If you could have any car in the world, what would it be and why?
104 What is the scariest event that you've ever experienced? (why?)
105 If you could be anyone in the world, who would you be (why)?
106 If you had to pick one foreign cuisine (Mexican, Oriental, Italian etc.) to eat for the rest of
your life, what would it be (why)?
107 What is your favorite word? Explain.
108 Name five steps to catch a tiger if it escaped from the zoo.
109 Has technology made our world better? (why)?
110 Three keys to a happy life are... (because)
111 If you could be any fictional character what would you be and why?
112 Does beauty give people advantages in life (why)?
113 Dogs/cats, argue for one being a better pet than another.
114 Argue for real or fake Christmas trees.
115 Motorcycle helmets - argue for or against. (why?)
116 The assassination of a dictator can/cannot be justified
117 The worst/best book you ever read (because).
118 My all time favorite movie is ... (because)
119 Describe your favorite sound and why.
120 Describe your least favorite sound and why.
121 EOG exams are/are not good forms of assessment. (why?)
122 What are you grateful for (why)?
123 Your favorite relative is ... (because)
124 If you had to kill one animal what would it be and why?
125 If you could date any movie star what would it be and why?
126 If I were invisible for a day I would ... (because)
127 What I would do if I knew I could not fail at it is … (because)
128 If you could rule the world for a day, what would you do?
129 Do you think abortion should be illegal? (why)
130 If you could have one wish (No. You can’t wish for extra wishes), what would it be (why)?
131 Explain the benefits of having a vegetarian/carnivore lifestyle.
132 If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be (why)?
133 If you had a monkey with wings, what would you do with it and why?
134 If you could have a 30 minute talk with any dead person, who would it be? (why)
135 If you could save any endangered animal, what would it be and why?
136 What do you like to do more than anything in the world (why)?
137 If you were stuck on an island what would you bring and why?
138 A good parent is one that ... (because)
139 A law should be made that... (because)
140 If I could only accomplish one thing in my life, I would like to... (why)
141 If I wanted to impress someone, I'd tell them about my... (why)
142 If I'd known my parents when they were teenagers...(why)
143 Little Red Riding Hood should have... (because)
144 The clothing I hate trying on more than any other is (because).
145 The one world event I remember most about this year is... (because)
146 You can make a child feel special by... (because)
147 I hate/love going places with my parents (because)
148 Of the five senses, my favorite is... (because)
149 If I could make one of my five senses stronger than normal humans it would be (why)
150 If I played a role in a TV show, I'd play... (because)
151 If I taught middle school, I'd... (why)
152 If I could redesign the male/female body I’d (because)
153 If I were an author, I would write about... (because)
154 If I were the leader of a new settlement on another planet like Earth, I'd.... (why)
155 If you were the opposite sex how would behave differently? (why)
156 The one place I hate to be seen in public is (because)
157 If you could make the last movie ever, what would it be about and why?
158 The strength of America lies in... (because)
159 To me, success in life means... (because)
160 What is the best field trip ever?
161 My greatest fear with the other sex is ... (because)
162 When I graduate from college, I will thank the following people (because)
163 If I won the lottery, I would spend my money in the following ways... (because)
164 When I imagine myself ten years from now, I see... (because)
165 If I could be a certain age forever, it would be ... (because...)
166 If I could be anybody in the world it would it be... (because...)
167 If I could go back in time and visit ME in elementary school I’d ... (because)
168 What is your favorite Halloween costume and why?
169 What was your favorite grade in school and why?
170 If you could make any animal from scratch, what would it be? (explain)
171 When I was a kid, I was scared of ... (because...)
172 Argue for or against publishing information in English only.
173 One character trait I would like to develop in myself is... (because...)
174 One of the problems in our society that concerns me the most is... (because)
175 My favorite article of clothing is... (because...)
176 This year, I’m most proud of accomplishing... (because...)
177 The expression/slogan/motto that best describes my view of life is... (because...)
178 The social cause that means the most to me is ... (because...)
179 A remarkable characteristic/fact about my family is ...
180 If you became a spider for a day, how would you survive?
181 If I could travel back in time, I’d go to the [fill in the blank] period (because).
182 If everything in the world had to change to the same color, what color would you
choose and why?
183 You are a piece of paper. Describe how we should use you before you get recycled.
184 Explain how you would use a hat to catch (Name it). Be sure to identify the type of hat that
185This school’s public speaking course has /not been beneficial to you because …
186 Guns should be illegal. Argue for or against.
187 What is your favorite game and why?
188 If you had to pick a job now, what would it be and why?
189 You are an alien. Whose brain would you harvest first?
190 What was the best school project you have ever done?
191 Argue for or against people saying obscenity.
192 If you got to choose which way to die, what would it be and why?
193 If you could change one thing in history what would it be and why?
194 You are cheetah, you have the choice to live safe in a zoo fro the rest of you life or live free.
Which would you choose and why?
195 The worst thing about your house is… (because)
196 If there was nothing to do and your mom was there what would you start a conversation
about and why?
197 If you were dying what would be your last few words and why?
198 You are about to get on a terrifying roller coaster- Convince you brother not to make you!
199 You are about to give an important speech. Convince Mr. Harper not to make you.
200 If you had only one person to be around your whole life, who would it be and why?
201 If you were stuck in a video game, what would it be and why?
202 Argue for or against cell phones for young teenagers.
203 If aliens from outer space came to Earth for an unknown cause, would you kill them or
204 If mankind disappeared off the face of the Earth and only the animals remained, how would
you feel and why?
205 If you were on an island and had only one source of entertainment (TV, video games, radio
206 If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
207 If life developed a city on Mars, would you stay on Earth or move to Mars? (why?)
208 Do you think teachers should get a raise? (why)
209 If your mom and dad were separated, who would you live with and why?
210 You are a leprechaun with no coins. If a human demands money, what would you do?
211 A giant came and stole your favorite pet. What would you do?
212 You have been offered a dragon egg for your most prized possession. Would you accept the
212 Would you rather burn to death or drown? Why or why not?
213 If you could switch bodies with anyone, who would it be and why?
214 Should the age you get your driver’s license be changed? (Explain an age and why)
215 If you could have any color skin tone what would it be and why?
216 If you could discover something that has already been found, what would it be and why?
217 Argue for or against the children in the Trix add giving the rabbit the Trix.
218 Argue for or against the diagnosis of mental issues in a children’s show character of your
choice. (e.g. Winnie the Pooh)
219 Would you rather be popular and stupid, or smart and geeky?
220 You are a yummy vegetable. How would you convince a vegetarian not to eat you?
221 Should off duty policemen be allowed to carry weapons at all times?
222 Have you ever wanted to make someone disappear? If so, who and why?
223 What is your main goal to achieve before you die?
224 What is your favorite childhood memory? (why?)
225 Do you think the world will really end soon? (why?)