243 Easy and Simple Speech Topics

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Written By Jim Peterson

Jim Peterson has over 20 years experience on speech writing. He wrote over 300 free speech topic ideas and how-to guides for any kind of public speaking and speech writing assignments at My Speech Class.

easy simple speech topicsWhat makes a speech topic easy?

If you have interest and knowledge in a specific subject, it makes for an easy speech topic. If a subject is not complex, it makes for an easy subject. If you have interest and knowledge on a simple non-complex topic, that makes for a really easy speech topic.

If time doesn’t allow for much preparation or research, what’s best is to stick with something you know. This will cut down significantly on your workload because you already know most of what there is to know.

Easy and Simple Speech Topics on Popular Subjects



  1. Teachers should be required to take basic skills tests every few years to keep their certification
  2. Less professional advertisements in schools
  3. Why single-sex public schools are better than co-ed
  4. SAT scores for college applicants
  5. Student cyber bullies should be expelled from school
  6. Hazing on college campuses is a problem
  7. Higher education is a basic need for succeeding in life today.
  8. Schools should not serve french fries and soda
  9. Students that study online cheat more.
  10. Classic literature should only be for college students.
  11. Every student in every school should wear a uniform
  12. Students should be placed in trade schools after getting a basic education
  13. Exam scores have little indication on a student’s abilities
  14. History textbooks don’t tell the whole truth
  15. Learning about all world religions in schools is important
  16. Homeschooling is better than traditional education
  17. Phones are distracting students from learning
  18. Going to college has little bearing on a successful future
  19. Students should learn and be fluent in a second language
  20. Mandatory community service for students to graduate high school
  21. Should tablets and other technology replace books?
  22. Schools should educate on proper nutrition from start to finish
  23. Regulating the music at school dances to eliminate cursing
  24. The impact of gym class on students

Family, Friends, Relationships


  1. Dual parent households benefit children more.
  2. Couples are wrong to stay together for the kids.
  3. Family must always come first.
  4. Parents need to stop forcing their own dreams on their children.
  5. Live together before getting married.
  6. Married couples must have date nights.
  7. Breastfeeding is better than formula feeding
  8. Discipline should be based on rewards, not punishment
  9. Divorce doesn’t damage children.
  10. Lower cost childcare or childcare provided at every workplace
  11. Make help more readily available to single pregnant mothers
  12. Never borrow money from friends.
  13. Pros and cons of abstinence
  14. Imposing a curfew on kids 17 and under
  15. Parents should be accountable for not providing a healthy diet to their children
  16. Kids having jam-packed schedules isn’t good for them
  17. Long distance relationships don’t work.
  18. It’s not good to be an only child.
  19. Families eating together is important
  20. Kids today are being made to be selfish, disrespectful, and entitled
  21. Teenagers should contribute to household expenses
  22. The need for parental consent to give teen girls birth control
  23. Restrictions on how many children one family can have
  24. Free counseling to at-risk youth
  25. Parents right to give consent for their child to drink at home under supervision
  26. Should parents respect kids privacy at all times?
  27. How it takes a village to raise a child
  28. Parent’s responsibility to discuss sex education
  29. Video game violence causing violent kids
  30. Imposing better and more affordable options for the aging community



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  1. Dogs are better pets than cats.
  2. Exotic animals are not pets.
  3. Neutering pets is a must.
  4. Humans have turned pit bulls into monsters.
  5. Zoos do not give animals enough space.
  6. Adopt don’t shop is key to getting a pet.
  7. Birds are not meant to live in cages.
  8. Dolphins are intelligent creatures.
  9. Zoos cause more harm than good
  10. Euthanize dogs that have bitten more than once
  11. Ban slaughter houses for horses
  12. Why dogs are man’s best friend
  13. Not allowing people to keep exotic animals as pets
  14. Pit bulls aren’t the problem, it’s their owners

Government and the Law

government and the law

  1. Two child max rule should apply worldwide.
  2. Smoking in all public places should be illegal worldwide.
  3. Legalize abortion for rape and incest cases.
  4. Buyers should be punished even harsher than poachers.
  5. Cosmetic surgery should be regulated.
  6. Equal punishment and less protection for celebrities who break the law
  7. Impose bi-annual drivers tests for people over 60
  8. People on welfare should be drug tested to receive welfare, and at random to keep it
  9. Moral and legal stance on capital punishment
  10. Immigrants should be required to speak the primary language of the country they wish to immigrate to
  11. Red light cameras at every traffic light
  12. Everyone having access to affordable or even free universal health care
  13. The government is no longer “by the people and for the people”
  14. Impose stricter federal restrictions on internet content
  15. Making self-defense courses available to the public
  16. Regulate automobile emissions
  17. All weapons must be registered with the police
  18. The government shouldn’t censor information given online
  19. Stricter punishments for driving drunk
  20. No death penalty for juveniles
  21. Higher standards held for the President
  22. Weeding out the dirty politicians
  23. Protecting the quality of drinking water in America
  24. Criminals should pay restitution to their victims rather than to society
  25. Eliminate cursing on day-time television
  26. Restrictions on garbage output to reduce pollution and carbon footprint
  27. Legal issues are the best sources to find suggestions for persuasive speech topics.
  28. There is a need for more prisons.
  29. Human rights must be respected.



  1. People need to visit dentists more often.
  2. Fast foods must be more expensive than healthier foods.
  3. Music has healing power.
  4. Fast food restaurants are not responsible for obesity.
  5. Eating fruit is healthier than drinking fruit juice.
  6. Medical marijuana isn’t a cure.
  7. Vegan diets are too extreme.
  8. Benefits of drinking 2L of water per day is a myth.
  9. Calcium doesn’t make teeth stronger.
  10. Losing weight is easy, keeping it off is not.
  11. Aging cannot be reversed.
  12. Fat isn’t bad for you.
  13. Electronic cigarettes are harmful.
  14. Diet pills do not work.
  15. Balanced sugar-free nutrition is an effective treatment for ADHD.
  16. Hospitals should allow owners of pets to have their pets brought in
  17. Buying local goods is better for the economy and for our health
  18. The impact of consuming all organic foods on our bodies
  19. The benefits of alternative medicine vs. Western medicine
  20.  HIV and AIDS testing done annually for Health Care Professional 
  21. Fast food and the war on obesity
  22. Morbidly obese people should have to pay more for public transportation
  23. Healthcare should include a gym membership and nutrition counseling


  1. The negative implications of Facebook
  2. Television programs must be censored before broadcasting.
  3. Talking during movies at the theater is rude behavior.
  4. How the paparazzi hinders free press
  5. The good and bad when it comes to Google
  6. The paparazzi are the real stalkers.
  7. Celebrities get away with everything.
  8. Video games are not evil.
  9. Downloading copyrighted MP3s is piracy.
  10. Sex and violence on television is harmful to children.
  11. Ad spots in news programs should be banned.
  12. News media should give equal attention to all politicians.
  13. There is nothing real about reality TV.
  14. Social media should be blocked at work places.
  15. Fake news writers should be punished.
  16. Word of mouth will always be the best form of advertising.
  17. TV’s will soon be a thing of the past.
  18. Romantic movies set unrealistic standards.
  19. Ads aimed at children should be strictly regulated.
  20. Television has become the number two news source after the internet and tv will be further downsized.
  21. Beer advertisements promote irresponsible drinking and ought to be banned from the communal street views.
  22. Harry Potter books are popular even among adults.
  23. News reporters earn money because of people who make a mess of their lives.
  24. No news is good news!
  25. Books should never be burned in public.


  1. Advantages of having a three-day weekend instead of a two-day weekend
  2. Why everyone should visit Disney World
  3. Allow married women to enter Miss World and Miss Universe pageants.
  4. There couldn’t be enough beauty contests for children!
  5. Beauty contests degrade women.
  6. Some market toys provoke and promote violent behavior.
  7. Mac is better than PC
  8. Santiago de Chile tourists must be made aware of pickpocketers. (or another city)
  9. Love is far more powerful than hate
  10. Make free public wi-fi available
  11. Bike-sharing programs
  12. Stealing from the rich to give to the poor is not nobel.
  13. The morals behind lying
  14. Silly games like Candy Crush are making people less intelligent
  15. Using hands-free devices while driving
  16. Using lie detector tests for employment purposes
  17. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
  18. Money can’t buy happiness
  19. Is Batman a real superhero?
  20. Why there aren’t more female construction workers
  21. Lie detector tests are inaccurate.
  22. Organic food tastes better.
  23. Alternative power is the answer to our energy crisis.
  24. It’s immoral to genetically design babies.
  25. Every property needs to have at least one tree.
  26. Nursery rhymes need to be looked at better.
  27. Hostels are not a place for children.
  28. Plant fruit trees on sidewalks.
  29. Religion and science can go hand in hand.
  30. Everyone should know how to swim.
  31. Not wearing a seat belt a personal choice.
  32. Opposites will always attract.
  33. Climate change is always changing.
  34. Not enough is done to end world hunger.
  35. Battery farming is unethical.
  36. People shouldn’t be paying for drivers licenses.
  37. Smokers make the most acquaintances.
  38. First impressions are always right.
  39. Cash should be abandoned completely.
  40. Allow mind reading during poker.
  41. Minimum wage is too low.
  42. Security cameras are an invasion of privacy.
  43. Clients don’t want birthday messages from businesses.
  44. Allow casual dress clothes in the workplace.
  45. Make public transport free.
  46. The welfare system doesn’t work.
  47. Organ donors should be paid.
  48. All kids on a winning team should get a trophy.
  49. Illegal immigrants don’t harm the economy.
  50. Humans are vegetarian by nature.
  51. Self-driving cars will cause fewer accidents.
  52. It is time to include internet slang to dictionaries.
  53. Teens are unfairly stereotyped.
  54. Group homes are better than foster care.
  55. Guns don’t kill people.
  56. Fracking is dangerous.
  57. Money isn’t the root of all evil.
  58. Being homeless is a choice.
  59. The school curriculum is too overloaded.
  60. Graffiti is art.
  61. Priests shouldn’t be giving marriage counseling.
  62. Everyone must be taught to do CPR.
  63. Juvenile crime is dealt with incorrectly.
  64. Older generations were crueler.
  65. Royal families are not needed in this day and age.
  66. Fame will always be bad for children.
  67. Prisoners must not be allowed tovote.
  68. Yearly HIV tests for all health professionals.
  69. Being skinny is no longer cool.
  70. Lego’s are not gender bias.
  71. The drought in Cape Town will happen in other parts of the world too.
  72. Employees know more than employers.
  73. Adoption records should be opened.
  74. Affirmative action is false competition in the workspace.
  75. Aids tests should be required in federal prisons – for all inmates and the prison guards too.
  76. The millimeter wave scanner at airports security zones strikes out all privacy that we fought for.
  77. Water management in our home really does matter.
  78. Why you should only buy fair trade.
  79. Hundred percent airline safety is an utopia.
  80. Helping runaways is a crime.
  81. Help addicted popstars immediately and save them.
  82. Hands free cell phone use in cars must be promoted better.
  83. Drivers quickly forget their drivers education.
  84. The driving age for teens should be raised to 18.
  85. The 1st Amendment is not a shield for hate groups.
  86. Reducing crime is a utopia.
  87. Impose trade and social sanctions on countries that do not prohibit child labor.
  88. More cold cases will be solved if investigators make use of DNA available.
  89. Ban the sale of guns at shops and stores.
  90. Saying what you want must not include hate speech.
  91. Immigrants must learn the language of the country they move to.
  92. Refund or rebate extra taxes collected plus interest on it to those who paid.
  93. Help the homeless down the streets and persuade them to look for work.
  94. Cell phone use is dangerous while driving.
  95. How Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas.
  96. History of our National Anthem and rituals.
  97. Paying off mortgage debt early is a good investment.
  98. Global awareness makes us responsible citizens of the world.

Nothing really stand out?
No problem. Start by writing a list of things that interest you. Keep going until you find something you know a good deal about and that you could talk about forever. Choose something that will get your blood boiling, that you feel strongly about, even if others don’t. You’ll likely convert some people to your way of thinking just by the way you speak about your chosen topic.

No matter what topic you choose, always be credible and purpose-driven. Giving false facts is a big “no-no” and so is being wishy-washy with you speech. Give it meaning, give it purpose.

Just remember, what may be easy speech topics to one person, isn’t always easily understood by someone else. So keep that in mind when persuading your audience.

8 thoughts on “243 Easy and Simple Speech Topics”

  1. Oof! that was quite a lot of reading, but it helped me greatly! I’m in a speech contest (middle grade, I’m in Canada).

  2. Last year I was super motivated to do a speech, and I came first in my school, with the topic of beach and ocean pollution. But know i’m not even motivated at all. Any suggestions of what I should do?

  3. when your watching a movie with your parents and it gets to a sex scene and you tryna act cool: yes, the floor is very nice

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