Speech Thought Starters

We’ve all that frightening moment that we see our name as a speaker for next week, however, we think we don’t have anything interesting to share with the group.  Great news is that we are all subject matter experts.  Share your passions with us!  We love seeing pictures of your family, vacation photos, work presentations and lifestyle tips.

If you are still stuck, here are 602 interesting speech ideas and topics.  You will be a Distinguished Toastmaster in no time.  Use these as a thought starter and customize the topic to your project objectives.

620 interesting Informative Speech ideas and topics

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Contest Overview

Tall Tales

  • The subject for the Tall Tales speech must be of a highly exaggerated, improbable nature and have a theme or plot.
  • Humor and props may be used to support or illustrate the speech
  • Twenty-five percent or less of the speech may be devoted to quoting, paraphrasing, or referencing another person’s content.
  • Any quoted, paraphrased, or referenced content must be so identified during the speech presentation.
  • All Tales speeches shall be from three to five minutes.
    • A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than two minutes 30 seconds or more than five minutes 30 seconds

Evaluations

  • At the beginning of this contest, a five- to seven-minute test speech will be presented.
    • The test speech shall be either a contest-type speech, or taken from one of the assignments in the Competent Communication manual.
  • Contestants are permitted to make preparatory notes during the test speech using materials of their choice.
  • At the conclusion of the test speech, all contestants shall leave the room. They then have five minutes to prepare their evaluation using materials of their choice.
  • After five minutes have elapsed, no further preparation shall be allowed and with the exception of the first contestant, who shall be called back as first evaluator, all others shall hand all written material to the contest sergeant at arms.
  • Preparation material shall be handed back to contestants as they are introduced to present their evaluation.
  • Evaluation contest speeches shall be from two to three minutes. A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than one minute 30 seconds or more than three minutes 30 seconds.

Humorous Speech

  • The subject for the Humorous speech shall be selected by the contestant, however, the speaker shall avoid potentially objectionable language, anecdotes, and material.
  • The speech must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners)
  • Twenty-five percent or less of the speech may be devoted to quoting, paraphrasing, or referencing another person’s content.
  • Any quoted, paraphrased, or referenced content must be so identified during the speech presentation.
  • All humorous speeches shall be from five to seven minutes.
    • A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than four minutes 30 seconds or more than seven minutes 30 seconds

International Speech Contest

  • To be eligible to compete in the International Speech Contest, a member must have completed at least six speech projects in the Competent Communication manual prior to the club contest.
  • Speeches shall be from five to seven minutes.
    • A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than four minutes 30 seconds or more than seven minutes 30 seconds.
  • Contestants must prepare their own speeches, and each must be substantially original. (Inspirational speeches usually are well received).
    • Twenty-five percent or less of the speech may be devoted to quoting, paraphrasing, or referencing another person’s content.
    • Any quoted, paraphrased, or referenced content must be so identified during the speech presentation.

Table Topics Contest

  • The Table Topics Contest Chair will select a topic, general in nature
  • All contestants shall receive the same questions
    • Contestants will receive no advance knowledge of the topic until the moment they are introduced by the contest chair.
    • Timing will follow the conventional Toastmasters Table Topics length
  • When the contest begins, all contestants except the first shall leave the room and remain under the supervision of the contest sergeant at arms.
  • At the conclusion of each speech, the next speaker shall be invited into the room.

 

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Timer Sheet

Other than timing participants to keep the meeting on track, do you know why we are timed?  It helps train us to speak within specified time parameters and learn time management.  Have you ever filled the role of Timer and written the time on random parts of the agenda or scribbled it on the ballot sheet?  The Founder’s District has a one-page sheet that you can neatly write the speakers name, the length of the project and how long they spoke.

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