Possible topics for impromptu speaking

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Possible topics for impromptu speaking
Good impromptu topics should allow everyone to speak confidently. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Impromptu speaking requires you create a smooth, interesting speech with little to no preparation. For some this may seem impossible, but with confidence and the right topic, anyone can perform an impromptu speech.

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Quotations

Quotations make great impromptu speech topics because they require thought. Each person could interpret the quotation a different way, so you could end up with many different speeches about the same quotation. State your favourite quotation and come up with a speech that persuades the audience to either agree or disagree with it.

Possible topics for impromptu speaking
Come up with a short speech either agreeing or disagreeing with a simple quotation, like this one. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Current Events

Using current events as impromptu speech topics shows off your intelligence as well as your speaking skills. Choose a current news headline and inspire your audience to take action. You could even choose a news story and explain how you would have handled the situation differently.

Possible topics for impromptu speaking
A recent or upcoming election makes a good impromptu speech topic. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Objects

Objects can be used as fun impromptu speech topics because of the vast possibilities. If someone hands you an orange as your topic, you could talk about orange growing in Florida, the importance of vitamin C, even give a how-to speech on how to peel an orange! Try to create a speech that the audience wouldn't expect, but still solidly relates to the object.

Possible topics for impromptu speaking
An impromptu speech about a clock could discuss time management techniques. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions make excellent impromptu speech topics because they show off your personality. Answering the question, "If you could be an animal, what would you be?" gives you a chance to express who you are and allows your audience to get to know you. Make sure to give good reasons and examples for the answer you choose.

Possible topics for impromptu speaking
Open-ended questions make excellent impromptu speech topics. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

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