100 Public Speaking Topics for an Impromptu Speech

“Ideas shape the course of history.”- John Maynard Keynes

An idea is the core of public speaking. Without one, public speaking doesn’t make much sense. All the great speakers in the history have had an idea or a message that they wanted to pass on to the world. Those unique ideas which they spoke about made them great because those ideas changed the history of the world.

Public speaking begins with an idea. An idea you believe in and want to carry on to the audience. A good speech should be long enough to cover the interest and short enough to create interest, and that can be done the best when a speaker focuses on an idea and works his/her way around it. These ideas can be of something you have been thinking about for a long time or something that you truly believe can change and inspire others.
In your public speaking career, there may come a time when you'll have to jump in for an impromptu speech without having a prepared content or even a topic in advance. During those critical scenarios, you will have be very wise in terms of your topic selection.


While selecting a topic for an impromptu speech, choose a topic that you are the most familiar with and can prepare in a short span of time. After selecting the topic, pen down all the points related to that topic that pop up in your mind. Also, always keep your audience in mind while selecting a topic. It is the audience who are finally going to hear your speech. Hence, you must satisfy their needs as well.

Be wise while choosing a topic. If you take up a topic that you are not familiar with, you'll just invite unneeded stress and worries to yourself.

Here are some ideas for public speaking that can help you out.

  1. How can you improve public speaking skills?
  2. Why being lazy isn’t always a bad thing
  3. Is our society too dependent on technology?
  4. All internships should be paid internships
  5. Sleep is vital for brain and development for a person
  6. Books are always better than the movie.
  7. Ban smoking in all public places
  8. Justice is never the same for all.
  9. Human Rights needs to be made a law
  10. Why Environmental Science should be made a compulsory subject
  11.  Religion is the cause of war.
  12.  Social media fame is a scam.
  13.  Parenting classes must be compulsory.
  14.  The education system is killing creativity
  15.  Why self-love is not selfish
  16.  Global warming is a real threat and not just a topic to be taught in schools
  17.  How nepotism still exist
  18.  Is capitalism better than socialism
  19.  Why there will be a World War III?
  20.  Creativity and originality is dying

21.  Why feminism is a need.
22.  Limiting immigration is limiting opportunities.
23.  Parental advisory labels hinder the freedom of speech of artists
24.  People have the right to decide about their own life and death.
25.  Is democracy dead?
26.  How Human Rights are exploited every day.
27.  Does freedom of speech really exist?
28.  Why body positivity a necessity today
29.  Money can buy happiness
30.  Juvenile Crime is dealt with fault
31.  The schools are manufacturing robots
32.  Why stereotypes exist
33.  Marks-sheet can’t weigh intelligence
34.  People kill people, guns don’t
35.  Minimum wage is too low
36.  The unpaid work of women in the society should be calculated in the National Income
37.  Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) should be every country’s agenda
38.  Is Batman a real superhero?
39.  Is the world ready for a female Bond?
40.  What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
41.  Why is honesty not the best policy?
42.  Socialisation is dying with social-media
43.  Mental health should be discussed out loud
44.  Can we really be living in The Matrix?
45.  Fake news should be an offence
46.  Is development a disguised destruction?
47.  Video Games with extreme violence harms the minds
48.  Teachers truly are the makers of the world, thus they should be more cautious with their    words and actions
49.  Movies romanticize harmful and toxic actions
50.  How the internet is a blessing?
51.  Can AI take over mankind?
52.  Celebrities are not role models
53.  Why capital punishment needed?
54.  Why capital punishment should be banned?
55.  How to be more confident?
56.  Going green is not a choice but a need
57.  There should be equal pay for the same position without discrimination
58.  Society is a helper to the crimes against women
59.  Politics should be religion free
60.  Is India really a secular country?
61.  Equality or equity?
62.  Unorganized sector should have labour laws
63.  Equal punishment and less protection for celebrities who break the law
64.  Money is power in this world while values and ethics is dead
65.  People buying banned animal products should be punished harder than the poachers
66.  Zoos should be banned
67.  Dogs are man’s best friend
68.  Free counselling to at-risk youth
69.  Parent’s responsibility to discuss sex education
70.  It is important to realise the reality if you are privileged
71.  Opportunities knock at the doors of the rich
72.  Why depression and anxiety at a peak in today’s youth?
73.  Parents should be accountable for not providing a healthy diet to their children
74.  Why a live-in relationship healthy for the couple.
75.  Discipline should be based on rewards, not punishment
76.  Divorce doesn’t damage children
77.  Teachers should be required to give a skill-based test every few years to keep their certification
78.  Why are co-ed schools better than single sex schools?
79.  Does cheating on a test shows the poor standards of our education system
80.  History textbooks don’t always tell the truth
81.  Going to college has little bearing on a successful future
82.  Making it mandatory to have more than 8 co-curricular activities other than studies for schools
83.  To be grown up is a state of mind
84.  Intelligence is not enough
85.  There’s no peace without wars
86.  Manners make a person
87.  Experience is wisdom
88.  Education should not be limited to the classrooms
89.  The rich becoming richer and the poor becoming poorer
90.  The media brainwashes
91.  Ads targeting children should be cross-checked more properly
92.  The era of technology is the best and worst of times
93.  Can fame buy happiness?
94.  Children learn what they live with
95.  The young are lonelier than the old
96.  The Olympics is a dying sport
97.  Prison doesn’t reform prisoners
98.  It is healthy to carry emotions
99.  Any kind of toxic relationship is harmful for life
100.  Optimism helps in life

These are some of the best Public Speaking Topics for an impromptu speech. These will not only be engaging to your audience, but will also be easy for you to prepare in a short span of time.

- Nivedita Kundu

Source: Mindgrad.com

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