Students can find speech topics by considering the unit of study, deciding what type of speech to prepare, searching databases or the media and asking themselves questions about topics that interest them. It is easiest to identify the purpose for the speech first, such as to entertain, inspire, educate or persuade.
Students should ask teachers for guidance if they are not sure whether the topic is appropriate.
Consider the unit of study. Speech topics should pertain to the subject the students are studying in class. Determine the purpose of the speech, then brainstorm ideas based on information from textbooks and teacher handouts.