What is the best topic for a speech?

Philippines
August 19, 2011 1:54pm CST
My sister will be having a 3-minute speech in her class this coming Monday. She is now in her fourth year highschool. She was given a chance to choose from different types of speech either informative, graduation, persuasive, demonstrative, etc. She asked me what should be the best topic for this. Well, I suggested to make an inspirational speech, the topic I told her was,"Money doesn't buy us happiness, it buys freedom". This was also topic I posted here at mylot and many made a feedback on it. How about you? Do you have any other suggestion? Her teacher is expecting a lot from her and said, "don't disappoint me!". And of course, my sister was kinda pressured about that so she wants to have the best topic. What topic did you posted here that made your biggest and longest discussion? Maybe it could help. Your help will be very much appreciated. Thanks!
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
20 Aug 11
Well, the topic should be interesting to her listeners who are high schoolers. I think the issue on money would challenge the older age group more than these high school kids. Topics that are of interest to high schoolers have to do with body image, their favorite singers, and fashion. I suggest "True Love Waits" would be a very good inspirational topic for their level.
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@Amanda81587 (3046)
• United States
19 Aug 11
When I was in my communications class I did a persuasive speech on a charity trying to get people to participate in the march of dimes to help babies that were born prematurely. She can do something like that. Or maybe inform the class on something she is interested in, it does not have to be a hard topic make it simple and sweet.
• Philippines
19 Aug 11
Wow.. Good idea :D For sure, it will leave the whole class with their hearts touched and at the same time a charitable soul. :D Another good idea is giving a helping hands to those children who are collecting garbage instead being in school,learning and enjoying.
@Olleenz (3400)
• Indonesia
19 Aug 11
For me is not about WHAT topic that can make biggest and longest discussion but HOW you deliver it. Even your sister made a speech from "boring topic" but if she know how deliver it, she will get great respond. This need communication skill. So if I were you, I will teach her how to communicate with audience rather than choosing topic. Good luck .....
• Philippines
19 Aug 11
Well, I believe that my sister is a good speaker.. :D She has this authority when she speaks, meaning, she can capture the attention of her audience. Aside from talking loudly, I know she can express lots of idea. Of course, I'll make her practice in front of me so I can comment on the good and bad points of her speech. Good topic plus good delivery will be a great tandem and there is a possibility that she can get the highest grade. :D And we bought aim for the top.
@Olleenz (3400)
• Indonesia
19 Aug 11
well I only advise you one thing, pick your topic based on your best interest and knowledge .... that should work When I still in school, I never had a chance to have great topic. So if I want to get "great rating or respond" I always do it based on communication skill.
@enigma13 (372)
• Philippines
20 Aug 11
I agree with what our fellow myLotter said. A topic such as money might not interest most teenagers. Maybe she should write a speech about their upcoming graduation. I bet a lot of them can relate to that and she can easily write about it since they are experiencing it first hand. I wrote a speech when I was in fourth year. The title was "In Parting". It was mainly a summary of all of the experiences that we shared as a class for four years, about saying good bye, and finding the strength to face a new greater endeavor which was college. I hope you'll both find this useful. ;P
@enigma13 (372)
• Philippines
20 Aug 11
man... I didn't realize that this one already posted... there's a problem with my internet connection. I posted a similar response below.. this might get deleted. oh well... my apologies.
• Philippines
20 Aug 11
The first thing to be considered in making such a speech is the target audience. Who are her target audience? Not having this information can lead to an ineffective speech. If you can't identify your audience or they are too varied in a sense, try betting yourself with a speech which every person can relate to. Life in general is a good topic. Also, you got a good suggestion in there that her topic be inspirational, moving, motivational and interesting. I once did a 3 minute persuasive speech in my communications class. I did a humor racking persuasive speech about reading a certain magazine. Add up humor or something else that puts in the crowd or audience to interact. Such ideas can give her and her audience the needed rapport. The best bet for such speeches will be about success, way of living or education(assuming her audience is her classmates). I hope this helps.
• Philippines
20 Aug 11
Hi shellani, Convincing issues and themes is a recommendable speech topic for high school students. Write three popular themes. Jot down the thoughts about the oral presentation claims that come into your mind. Do not try to be impeccable. Look into the internet to acquire a perspective of all pros and cons bound up to the subject. And select one you consider appropriate to win the goals your teacher has listed in the public speaking assignment. Do a textured abstract of your important arguments. Good luck to your sister!
@enigma13 (372)
• Philippines
20 Aug 11
I agree with what one of our fellow myLotter said. A topic such as money might not interest most teenagers. Maybe she should write a speech about their upcoming graduation. I bet a lot of her classmates can relate to it and her teacher might find it age appropriate as well. She can easily write about it because she's experiencing it firsthand. I wrote a speech when I was in fourth year. The title was "In Parting". It was mainly a summary of all of the experiences that we shared as a class for four years, about saying goodbye, and finding the strength to face a new greater endeavor which was college. Good luck to your sister! I hope you'll both find this useful.
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
20 Aug 11
Speeches varies depends on occassions and events. In the situation you cited above I think since she is in senior high, I think her teacher refers to an inspirational speech. Since it would be in a school events, I would suggest to let it be about her struggle and desires to pursue her studies despite of, of course, we are all aware of crisis all over the world. As a youth, it would be an achievement having a focus mind and strength to overcome all these obstacles being a young minded persona. I think you should prepare her to be an inspiration on how to value time, time and effort to achieve quality education against all the hindrances and scarcity. Even the youth should have the sense of responsibility of preparing themselves for their future for them not to experience the poverty of life. So probably the value and the point of veiw of young people on education against poverty. This is just an opinion. Thanks. Happy mylotting.
• Philippines
20 Aug 11
my speech in college was chosen as one of the best. :) I discussed the different kinds of friendship. I told them that there are acquaintance, close, etc. You know, the best topic for the speech is something that tackles the interest of your sister. It must be easy to understand. And also, it would really depend on how she delivers it. Good luck for her.
• Philippines
20 Aug 11
I'm all for the inspirational speech. :) And since she's graduating high school, maybe you could share to her some experiences of life after high school. I can still remember that feeling of being so excited about everything and thinking that I can do anything I want. It's a really good feeling and they need that, but they also should be made aware of other things like sometimes, it takes time to make a dream come true. Maybe some time along the way they'd get distracted or find something else they wanna do. Also, based on personal experience, a lot of high school seniors have absolutely no idea what they wanna do in life besides get out of high school. So maybe your sister could include that in her speech, about their whole class being a support system for those who feel lost and alone. I know that most people lose touch after high school but hey, we have Facebook and all those social networking sites that make it easier to do so. :)
• Philippines
20 Aug 11
Why not tell your sister to create a topic about global warming? Since it is a speech, let her inform the audience what is global warming, it's effect to our environment or it's effect on earth. When I am still studying, every time I will create a speech I just see to it that it is an informative speech and I choose a topic that each of my audience can relate. We all know that global warming is the most controversial topic nowadays since it's main concern is all about our environment. Ask your sister to research information about global warming let her start her speech with the definition of what is global warming, the cause why global warming happens and the effects of it. finally let her end with some tips on how we can help prevent that global warming. This is only my suggestion i hope you'll consider this one.:-P
• Philippines
19 Aug 11
3 minute speech is easy. Just browse through the net about current new, I'm sure you'll find plenty. She can just reword the article just to be safe.
• United States
19 Aug 11
Years ago I gave a 5 minute speech on capital punishment. I cannot remember if I chose the topic or if it were assigned to me. All I know is that capital punishment is a passionate topic that can go far beyond 5 minutes. I also had to conduct Q & A which is where the passionate part came in. It actually resulted in a debate which was unintended but wow, do not chose that topic. Sorry I could not be of further help. I wish your sister the best with her speech.