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Topics for Talks

Below is a list of topics for talks or speeches which you can make as complicated as you like or can be kept to a very basic level for younger children.

Topics for talks

  • How to use a computer
  • How to make a birthday card
  • Why children like Christmas
  • How to stop hiccups
  • Why I like listening to ...... (any singer)
  • How to play monopoly
  • The importance of a healthy diet
  • How to write a letter
  • All about Harry Potter
  • Why it's important to brush our teeth.
  • Why girls like Pink.
  • My Neighbours
  • Things I like
  • Leisure time
  • Dreams and what they mean
  • My Lucky Day
  • Pets as therapy
  • Choosing clothes for other people
  • Grandparents
  • Uninvited guests
  • How to deliver a speech
  • How to bake cookies
  • How to decorate a Christmas Tree
  • History of St John Ambulance
  • How to drive a car 
  • Discover Disneyland Paris in two days
  • Understanding Shakespeare
  • The importance of good nutrition
  • The life of Marilyn Monroe
  • Holidaying in..........(your favourite place)
  • The films of Alfred Hitchcock
  • Olympic Gold Medalists
  • The importance of stretching before exercising
  • Why we celebrate Christmas
  • An explanation of the star signs
  • How to make a scarecrow
  • All about Strawberries.
  • Why we shouldn't get sun burnt.
  • Memories
  • How to take a good photograph 

5 Steps to preparing a talk for school or college

1. Choose the topic for your talk. Your school may have given you a title or you might have to choose your own. If possible choose a topic you’re interested in and if you’re stuck for ideas have a look at the list of topics for talks above.

2. Know what you want to say. If it’s a talk for school, write it down first or talk about your topic to your mum or dad and ask them to write down what you’re saying in note form. You can then write it out and organize it later.

3. Once you have your talk written down, read it out loud and get someone to see how long it takes you – or time your self with a stop watch. If you’ve been asked to give a speech at school or college you should have been told how long it needs to be. Make sure when you read your speech out for the first time it takes less time than you’ve been allowed. For example if the school says 6 mins make sure that on first reading it takes no longer than 5 mins. The more you prepare your speech the longer it will take to say!

4. If you need to use photos or objects in your presentation now is the time to find them. Make sure that you can carry the objects to school safely. If you’re using photos or pictures make sure they are big enough for your listeners to see. You might want to enlarge them on your computer.

5. Find out if you’re allowed to read your speech, if you need to use just notes or if you have to memorize it. 

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This video course will show you how to prepare your speech, how to deliver your speech whether you should stand or sit and whether you should read it or memorise it. You will also learn how to speak so that you are clearly understood. Unlike a lot of courses about public speaking there are no super insights like 'imagine your audience is naked' it teaches the basics, in simple form, of good clear speaking. Not only does this course show you how to speak your speech it also takes you through the process of writing a speech and explains how to choose what to include.

There is also an added resource of  a list of 40 suggested titles for your informative speech.

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