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Impromptu Speech Topics

The following list contains neutral questions for impromptu speaking. These items can be chosen at random or used systematically in classes.

  • The best letter of the alphabet
  • My favorite day of the year
  • How to impress your parents
  • If I could go back in time to my senior year in high school, what advice would I give myself?
  • A trip to remember
  • The personal achievement I’m most proud of is… (because…)
  • The greatest gifts we can give others are…
  • My biggest concern for the future
  • I have great respect for…. Because…
  • If I could spend one day with someone from history, it would be…
  • If I had invented school
  • Explain 3 things you wish you knew before entering college
  • What are you grateful for
  • When I was a kid I was afraid of
  • My favorite season is… because…
  • Worst job I’ve ever had…
  • This semester, I’m most proud of accomplishing… (because)
  • A day that stands out
  • A dream or aspiration I have…
  • Great things about snow days.
  • A day in my life.
  • My favorite Christmas time memory is…
  • What I would do if I knew I could not fail
  • If I could be a certain age forever, it would be…
  • If I had a million dollars to give away
  • How I would survive a horror movie.
  • Describe a time when you have been most proud this semester
  • Great things about the ocean
  • My idea of the perfect day is…
  • The best surprise ever
  • What ice cream flavor would you invent and why? (think Ben & Jerry’s)
  • If I could design a school
  • Three things I’d change if I ruled the world.
  • My strongest talent is…
  • If I were in charge of school lunches.
  • What is your favorite animal?
  • My favorite class I have taken so far is…
  • How to plan a party.
  • The best birthday I ever had was…
  • If I could be an animal, I would be…
  • If I could travel through time.
  • My most prized possession is… (because…)
  • Why sports are important.
  • The best surprise ever…
  • The worst chores at home.
  • Why I deserve an allowance…
  • Why your mom/dad is special.
  • If you had one day to live over again, what day would you pick?
  • Three surprising facts about me.
  • My favorite holiday is…
  • A place I want to travel (2 or 3 reasons why)
  • What book, movie, or video have you seen/read recently you would recommend and why?
  • What is something you would like to see in your lifetime and why?
  • If I were a super hero my superpower would be…
  • A remarkable characteristic/fact about my family is…
  • When I graduate from college I will thank the following people… because…
  • 3 keys to a happy life
  • If I could travel back in time, I’d go to [fill in the blank] period because
  • Whom do you admire most?
  • Favorite summer memory…
  • My favorite book
  • If cats/dogs ruled the world
  • A job I’d love to have.
  • How to achieve your dreams.
  • How to annoy a sibling
  • Discuss the most memorable event in your life…
  • The best gift I’ve ever been given was…
  • 2 or 3 things I will never eat… because…
  • My favorite vacation was…
  • How to spend a rainy day.
  • My dream job would be… (because…)
  • If I could only eat three foods forever
  • Three things that scare me.
  • Reasons not to make your bed in the morning
  • The best movie ever (2 or 3 reasons why)
  • Who has been the most influential person in your life and why
  • An important lesson I’ve learned
  • How win over your boyfriend/girlfriend’s parents
  • My most vivid childhood memory is…
  • Explain 3 lessons you’ve learned so far while attending college
  • My career ambition is…
  • My favorite family tradition is…
  • This semester has been … (because…)
  • Why books are important.
  • The best theme park rides.
  • The most important thing I’ve learned from college so far is…