Informative Speech Topics : Top Informative Speech Ideas for College Students

Informative Speech Topics : Top Informative Speech Ideas for College Students

Informative speaking generally centers on talking about people, events, processes, places, or things. Informing an audience about one of these subjects without being persuasive is often a difficult task to complete.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify common topic categories for informative speeches.
  2. Identify strategies for researching and supporting informative speeches.
  3. Explain the different methods of informing.
  4. Employ strategies for effective informative speaking, including avoiding persuasion, avoiding information overload, and engaging the audience.

Sample Informative Speech Topics by Category

Category Renewable Energy Example Other Examples
Objects Biomass gasifier Tarot cards, star-nosed moles, Enterprise 1701-D
People Al Gore Jennifer Lopez, Bayard Rustin, the Amish
Concepts Sustainability Machismo, intuition, Wa (social harmony)
Events Earth Day Pi Day, Take Back the Night, 2012 presidential election
Processes Converting wind to energy Scrapbooking, animal hybridization, Academy Awards voting
Issues Nuclear safety Cruise ship safety, identity theft, social networking and privacy

Top Informative Speech Ideas


1) Eating Veal

2) Oil Drilling in Alaska

3) Reservation Casinos

4) Legalizing Marijuana

5) Legalizing Prostitution

6) Cosmetic Surgery Risks

7) Cross Culture Adoption

8) Why Do Men Have Affairs?

9) Why Is Reading Important?

10) Homelessness in America

11) Lowering the Drinking Age

12) Helmet Laws

13) General Education Classes

14) Online Dating is Risky or Safe

15) Speaking English in America

16) Having Pets Spayed/Neutered

17) Are Video Games Good for You?

18) Movie Ratings are Not Accurate

19) How Often Can You Donate Blood

20) College Class Attendance-Taking

21) Television Violence and Children

22) Control Your Life…the Yoga Way

23) Gay Marriage

24) Banning Smoking in Public Places

25) Ghosts are People Without Bodies

26) Public Funding of Sports Stadiums

27) How Much is Too Much Homework?

28) Help the Environment by Recycling

29) How to Set Goals and Achieve Them?

30) Dealing With Adolescent Depression

31) Should Juveniles Be Tried As Adults

32) Age Discrimination in the Workplace

33) The Power of Colors and Their Meanings

34) Nuclear Power

35) Nostradamus Predictions That Came True

36) Sports Teams Nafter Ethnic Groups

37) What Not to Wear Tips for Men and Women

38) Advantages of the Traditional Nuclear Family

39) Parental Pressure on Child Actors and Athletes

40) State Vehicle Inspection Mandatory Sentencing

41) Are UFOs Real?

42) Airport Security

43) Smoking in Public

44) Bar Closing hours

45) Real Alien Sightings

Top Informative Speech Ideas for College Students

1) Nuclear Power

2) Political

3) Creative thinking

4) Vote for me

5) Why there should be a United States of Europe

6) An easy way to give up smoking

7) Why prostitution should be legalized

8) The dangers of taking illegal steroids

9) How we can get more people to vote?

10) Why the death penalty should be abolished in the United States

11) Why we should not consume genetically modified crops?

12) Should religious clothes be banned in schools?

13) The war in Iraq – was it justified?

14) Famous lives

15) The greatest American./ Briton/ French Person/ Scientist/ Discoverer/ Adventurer of all time

16) Scott of the Antarctic – hero or failure?

17) How to pay off your credit card

18) Avoiding drinking or drunk driving

19) Why we should abolish school uniform

20) Global Warming – What we can do about it

21) Students should be required to wear school uniforms.

22) Schools should shift from a nine month school year to year-round schooling.

23) It should be mandatory that no teacher assign homework over the weekend.

24) Video cameras should be put into all classrooms to record student and teacher interactions at all times.

25) School should begin later in the morning and end later in the day.

26) Foreign Language should not be mandatory.

27) Armed police guards and metal detectors should be installed in every school.

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Speeches about objects convey information about any nonhuman material things. Mechanical objects, animals, plants, and fictional objects are all suitable topics of investigation. Given that this is such a broad category, strive to pick an object that your audience may not be familiar with or highlight novel relevant and interesting facts about a familiar object.

Speeches about people focus on real or fictional individuals who are living or dead. These speeches require in-depth biographical research; an encyclopedia entry is not sufficient. Introduce a new person to the audience or share little-known or surprising information about a person we already know. Although we may already be familiar with the accomplishments of historical figures and leaders, audiences often enjoy learning the “personal side” of their lives.

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