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A List of Public Speaking Topics That are Worthy of Discussion

Public Speaking Topics
Are you looking for public speaking topics and were wondering what all topics are worthy of a speech? Then go through this article to know more about the different topics and some tips to improve public speaking.
Mayuri Kulkarni
Last Updated: May 14, 2018
For many, addressing a crowd or speaking publicly may seem frightening, and there is hardly a soul who doesn't experience butterflies in his/her stomach when asked to talk in front of a crowd. Our first experience at public speaking usually occurs in school or college. Generally, the topic or subject is chosen and handed to you, but what if you are not given the choice to select a topic and are not sure about what topic to choose?
Here is a collection of various topics that may seem appropriate for your public speaking debut. And yes, we have provided some useful tips, further down below, that will help you speak effectively, minimize anxiety and prevent you from going blank before you start speaking.
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For College Students
Choosing a topic for a speech can seem a herculean task with so many options but you can reduce the confusion, if you decide the type of topic you want to deliver. Is it going to be informative wherein you provide information to the crowd regarding a particular subject, or persuasive type where you discuss and try to win approval or support for some current social issues. Before you settle with a topic, question yourself whether the respective topic is relevant or appropriate, gather and research the topic properly and make sure your message is covered in the right manner. Public speaking becomes interesting when it is more like an interactive session. So, go for a topic that you are comfortable with, a topic that will give the listener a new insight.
Tips to Improve Public Speaking
Be Audible
To begin with, as a speaker, you must have good command over the audience and be able to grab their attention with your voice. Your voice should be audible and clear.
Thorough Research
All the facts, values and reasoning must be thoroughly researched, correct and to-the-point.
Add Humor
To lighten up a serious topic, draw the audience's attention with humor. But remember jokes should be relevant and inoffensive.
Timely Pauses
A rightly timed pause could give your speech that special dramatic effect, whereas fillers like "umm" and "ahh" could ruin the quality of your speech.
Good Body Language
Practice in front of a mirror, the way you would stand, use your hands and facial expressions when addressing the audience.
Use Flash Cards
Make notes on flash cards and hold them in one hand and use your other hand to gesture the crowd.
Strong Conclusion
Convey and complete your discussion with a powerful and strong conclusion.
The most vital and sometimes the most difficult aspect about public speaking, developing confidence. Yes, confidence comes with experience but till that time I would suggest, virtually playing out the scenario in your mind where you have confidently and successfully delivered a talk. Self-talk and reassurances do help in building confidence.
A speech is nothing but addressing a group of people, either to share some serious information, tell a story or to motivate them to act. The whole idea here is to build a conversation, think of your speech as an important message that you have to tell everyone, overcome your fear, relax, take a deep breath, look up and address the crowd confidently. Remember to smile and do your best.