10 Oratory Speech Topics + Template

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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.

oratory speech topicsOratory speech topics for factual persuasive and controversial public speaking at an Original Oratory – O.O. – high school forensic competition or Toastmaster International event and a handy oratory template.

I think these ideas are also suitable for the regional and local American National Forensic League (NFL) and National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) competitions.

What happen to be a good O.O. in the ears, eyes and minds of judges? There are some general guidelines you must follow. Let’s discuss them first, before we move on to the examples of speech topics below:

a. In short, original oratory speech topics are mostly factual, policy based and conviction reinforcing.

b. The public speaker motivates and inspires the audience to take a standВ on current problems in the world.

c. At most competitions original ideas are delivered withoutВ note or index cards, and without using visual aids or whatsoever. So, master the material you are talking about 🙂

d. Often there is a maximum limit of 150 quoted words. Do not forget to mention the source of the quotation properly!

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e. It must be between 7 and 10 minutes in length. That is, in general, the span of the concentration of the listeners.

Remember, every organization has its own rules and requirements. Study them and in doubt, ask the judges or governing body to make a judgement on your format ideas on beforehand.

Here are some interesting persuasive oratory speech topics to consider:

  1. A Cellular Phone Causes Highly Electromagnetic Radiation Risks.
  2. Violent Video Games Do Promote Violence.
  3. Mercy Killing Should Be Made Illegal.
  4. There Is No Need For Any Special Children’s Rights.
  5. Obesity Is Only Between The Ears.
  6. A Multi Party System Will Not Benefit Our Democracy.
  7. Jail Drug Impaired Physicians.
  8. Dumping Your Granny in a Nursing Home Benefits Her.
  9. The Police Is Using Deadly Force More Often.
  10. Safety Precautions Must Also Regard Speech Privacy Issues.

No need to say that these thesis claims and statements are absolutely not representing my personal opinions and views in any way. Certainly not number 8 on old grannies… 🙂

Oratory Template

I have developed a simple but effective format template for your convenience to sort out oratory speech topics easily. Try to add at least two factual and powerful supporting points per major point.

It will enhance your credibility, authority and reliance on the subject. Sharing your relevant personal experiences will do too:

В В A. Attention hook to make them want to listen.
В В B. What your public speaking speech is about – your thesis statement in brief.
В В C. Make it important to your audience, show them the relevance.II PROBLEM
В В A. What is the problem or impending danger?
В В B. Why is it a problem, threat or risk?III CAUSE
В В A. What is causing the problem.
В В B. What are the roots of the problem we should wipe out?IV EFFECT
В В A. The negative effects.
В В B. Share your experiences and personal feelings.V SOLUTION
В В A. Offer an innovative solution or recommendation to fix the problem.
В В B. Explain the benefits and merits for the audience.VI CONCLUSION
В В A. Restate the oratory speech topics in a nice memorable twist.
В В B. Make a tie with your introduction paragraph, loop back to the central questions.
В В C. Encourage them to change their intractable beliefs, stubborn values or obstinate and ineffective policies.
В В D. Close with a memorable idea statement.

Read all instructions and try to find examples of previous winning oratory speech topics that are adjustable too. And my last golden tips for O.O. speakers: always check out the precise requirements of your Toastmaster International public speaking instructor or the organization who hosts the competition or tournament event.

2 thoughts on “10 Oratory Speech Topics + Template”

  1. I believe that preventing driving under the influence should be in the top ten because in recent years, we have a lot of young people drunk while driving. That can cause major problems, like crashing multiple cars crashing into each other, and eventually jail. My cousin was 23 years old and he was going to a party. When he walked out of our front door, I never saw his face in person again. While he was at this party, he got severely drunk and decided to drive, but other people weren’t drunk and they could’ve stopped him, but they decided not to. If they actually cared for him, he wouldn’t have died 20 minutes later while his car to roll over 8 times causing the roof of the car to be gone and he flew out of the car. My best friend died to fatal injuries. It’s sad to see one of your closest family members pass away on a decision that could have been different. We need to put an end to driving under the influence for once and for all.

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