Choosing A Successful Speech Topic

There is no horror as great as being selected to give a speech and after the euphoria of the selection dies down, you are brought back down to earth with the realization that you don’t have a topic to talk about. As the day of the speech draws closer, you get overwhelmed by dread.

The safest thing you will be advised to do is to speak on a topic you are well conversant with. But is what you know and are comfortable with what is best for the audience and atmosphere you will be speaking in? In this article, we’ll go over three very key questions you need to ask yourself before you chose a topic for your speech. The answers you provide to these questions will go a long way in determining the best topic you can speak on that will suit you and your audience. So, what are these three magical questions that will have the audience go on their feet for you.

The Topic You Are Choosing, Are You An Expert On It?

There is a saying that you should know something about everything and know everything about something. This is also true for when giving a speech. The topic you are choosing, is it the one you know something about or the one you know everything about? For credibility sake, you should pick a topic that you know more about than the audience you are addressing. You don’t want to come across as an ignoramus who holds the microphone without having a clue of what he’s about.

Your knowledge of the topic also needs to go beyond just what you need for the speech proper. It should be wide enough so that you can tackle and properly address possible questions that may arise from the audience. You surely don’t want to be floored by an unexpected question from the audience.


How Passionate Are You About The Topic?

Speaking is easy, it becomes easier when you are speaking about something you are really passionate about. Your passion for the topic is the fuel that drives the way you will deliver the speech. It is a normal thing to become freer and more expressive when you are talking about something you have a huge interest in and you has passion for.

Your energy and enthusiasm can easily flow to the audience when you are passionate about the topic. But when you are speaking on something you don’t particularly find interesting, your delivery will tend to be insipid and uninspired, thereby leading to a dreary and dry atmosphere.

Is My Audience Interested In The Topic? How interested your audience is in the topic goes a long way in determining how effective and productive your speech is going to be. If the topic is one the audience doesn’t particularly care about, they can easily get side tracked and distracted from what you are saying.

Once they get distracted, it will take a herculean effort for them to be able to get back into the groove of what you are saying. They zone off and are in the room with you only in their body, their minds are in places far away from the room.

Class 1: Perfect Speech Topics

So therefore, when you are looking at a topic to speak about, look for one that your audience will be interested in and be able to flow along easily with what you are saying. This will help increase the engagement level and productivity of the speech.

Speech topics can be put into classes. There is a class you want your topic to be.

This class of topics is where you want to be. Here, you are talking about a topic you are knowledgeable and passionate about which at the same time is of interest to your audience visit It takes a very smart speaker to be able to draw up topics that fall under this category every time.

Class 2: Insipid, Passion Free Topic Rich In Content

Under this class of topics, the topic is one that you are knowledgeable about and your audience wants you to share your knowledge of the topic. But there is a problem. The problem is that, you as the speaker, are not really hot about the topic. It is not something you are passionate about.

Topics under this class tend to be delivered in a lecture like monotone. The speaker’s body language tends to speak out his disinterest in very loud voices. The audience tends to lose interest after some time of insipid delivery from the speaker.


The way out of this class back to class one is to look for the very thing that motivated and pushed you to gather the vast knowledge of the topic. Look for what pushed you to it in the first place and you might find yourself blazing hot for it again.

One way of rekindling your interest in a topic is by trying to see that topic from the eyes of someone approaching it for the first time.

This is most times the perspective of your audience. Put yourself in their shoes, ask them what exactly interests them about the topic and from the analysis of their response, you can get an idea of what made you fall in love with the topic in the first place.

Class 3: Wrong Audience, Great Speech Topics

This class is quite a bad one to be in. You have a great topic you are both knowledgeable and passionate about. You have done your homework had you are fully prepared for the speech. You come on stage and start speaking, only to discover that all you are saying is flying over the head of your audience.

If you are faced with this, don't fret too much, it is not the end of the world, the situation is still redeemable. There are two different methods you can use to tackle this class of event and get things to the preferred class 1.

The first method to explore is to find a common ground. Find a related topic your audience is interested in. Find a way of linking the two topics together so you can draw parrallels or use one to explain the other where there are no immediate parrallels to draw.

The other option is for you to just save your breathe. No point wasting energy speaking on a topic that you know no one is benefiting from. Save your breathe for another audience that will be interested in that particular topic.