Public Speaking Topics for Teens

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You've been assigned to give a speech to your classmates on anything you want. With so many choices, it's easy to get stuck. Obviously you want something appropriate that will please your teacher and receive a good grade. At the same time, your subject should also capture the attention and interest of your peers. Consider picking a topic that you enjoy talking about. Passion is one of the key ingredients of a great speech.

1 Music

Discuss the type of music you enjoy and why. Talk about your favorite musical artists, their rise to fame and their hit songs. Include interesting musical facts as well as the evolution of the music genre you select. You can also do a comparison of artists and discuss which artist is better.

2 Sports

If you're an athlete, discuss the sport you play and how you got involved in it. Give an overview of the game, your team's formula for winning and your philosophy of competition. You may also want to talk about notable athletes in your sport.

3 Family and Friends

Share your life with your peers. Talk about what makes you unique, where you are from and the people who are special to you. Paint a picture for your audience by recalling memorable moments with family and friends as examples of why you love them. Tell a good story, but make sure it isn't too long.

4 Future Goals

Talk about your professional or personal aspirations once you finish high school. Your plans may include going to college, traveling or pursuing work opportunities. Talk about how you will achieve your goals and what inspires you to succeed. Discuss what you are doing to move closer to your goals.

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