Coming Up With Speech Topic Ideas

ToastmastersCompetent Communicator manual provides exceptional guidance to learn and practice how to talk about things.  Each project helps you work step-by-step building skills to become an engaging and powerful speaker.  There’s one thing, however, that is doesn’t provide:

What to talk about.

Being an issue that I’ve struggled with, I began looking into it only to find out that it’s a common problem among Toastmasters.

I’m going to share the topics I’ve used so far for my Competent Communicator speeches in the hopes that it will help inspire ideas for those fellow Toastmasters who might be reading this looking for help.

My topics were:

  • My life growing up
  • The Competent Leader manual and advice on working through it
  • Comic Book Movies
  • Enjoying the little things as a means to combat stress
  • My fear of bugs, with stories about how I’ve dealt with them
  • Speed Geeking
  • Department Store Santas
  • Taking control of your Toastmasters Educational experience
  • Ways to serve your Toastmasters club

If that doesn’t help, there was a great article on the topic in the January 2010 issue of Toastmaster Magazine.

You can also get the publication: They’re All Around Us from the Toastmasters Shop.

If all else fails, many Toastmasters’ blogs and club website will have helpful hints for finding ideas for speech topics.

I hope this helped and Good Luck!

UPDATE:  I can’t believe I forgot to mention: Selecting Your Topic from the Better Speaker Series.


About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

One Response to Coming Up With Speech Topic Ideas

  1. Pingback: Speech Contest: Monday, March 7, 2011 « Lake Oswego Toastmasters

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