A List of General Speech Topics
General Speech Topics. Here is a list of general informative speech topics to help you narrow down to a topic that suits you:
- The life of an important or influential person in history (e.g. Abraham Lincoln, Elvis, George Washington)
- Record holders for strange, quirky records
- A speech on a key inventor or pioneer (e.g. Alexander Graham Bell, Ben Franklin, Jerry Yang, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc.).
- Famous presidents and their legacies
- Authors and their biographies (e.g. John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemmingway)
- True heroes and their stories (e.g. 9/11 heroes)
- Watergate and other famous scandals
- The legacies of a significant political leader (a president such as FDR, etc.)
- Wars and their consequences (e.g. World War II)
- A historical timeline of the Internet or other significant technologies
- A famous landmark and its history (e.g Stonehenge, the Statue of Liberty, the Sphynx).
- Great places to see before you die
- Beautiful places -- best kept secrets
- Romantic hotspots
- The wonders of the world
- Inventions - how something came to be the way it is now
- The true history of holidays (e.g. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter)
- The automobile, airplane, and various other forms of transportation
- The Louisiana Purchase
- How a technology works (e.g. PDAs, Cell phones, the Internet, DVD burners)
- The difference between HDTV and SDTV
- How popular toys (e.g. legos, radio controlled cars, waterguns, yo-yos, etc.) work
Other Cultures Topics
- Ethnic foods (e.g. Vietnamese noodle soup pho, Korean dishes like Bulgogi)
- Foreign sports (e.g. Jai-lai, cricket)
- World religions
- Great lesser-known places to visit in other countries
Myths and Misconceptions Topics
- Commonly held myths debunked (e.g. do toilets flush a different direction in Austrailia?
- How to cure common ailments
- Health related misconceptions
- Urban legends and their reality
Science, Environment, and Health Topics
- Nutrition -- the Food Guide Pyramid
- Special diets (e.g. Atkins, South Beach)
- What is global warming and what can be done?
- The solar system -- planets, stars, etc.
Religion and Faith Topics
- What makes Christianity unique?
- The places and times of the Bible
- What are the central tenets of each faith?
Money and Finances Topics
- What is a 401k plan and how does it work?
- The IRS and Income Taxes
- Stocks and the Stock Market
- How credit cards work
- What is inflation?
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