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100+ demonstrative speech ideas for 'how to' presentations

'What are the best demonstration speech topics?'

Could it be 'How to fly a kite'?Or 'How to grow from seed'?May be 'How to knot a tie'?

The answer is simple but frustratingly inconclusive: 'It depends.'

These are the 'how to' or 'show and teach' speeches of which there are squillions of possibilities. You could waste hours considering this demonstrative speech topic against that one but you don't have to. Step through the guidelines below and make an informed decision.

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An ideal topic depends on:

* What you are interested in:
Your choice of demonstrative speech topic needs to be something you are genuinely interested in and know about.

Without enthusiasm or knowledge it's hard to inspire others to want to know more about a subject. And that's your goal! Ideally when you finish your speech, you'll find yourself on the receiving end of question after question from eager listeners wanting to know more.

* Who the speech is for:
You need to consider your audience before making your final choice.

What demonstration speech topics would interest them?
What would teach them something new?
What would be of value and appropriate for them to know?

* The setting of the speech:
Where is the speech to be given? In a classroom? In a public hall? In a living room? In the open air?

* The time you've got to give the speech:
There is no point in choosing something complex to show and teach if you have very limited time. What you select needs to fit easily into the allotted space.

* The guidelines for assessment: (if the speech is part of a public
speaking course).

You may find there are restrictions on using varying forms of visual aids: video or power-point for example. Check before you decide.

Use the demonstration speech topics below to kick-start your own creativity. Think of them as beginnings or starting points.

Rather than pick the first idea that jumps out, build up a short list. Then go through assessing the positive as well as negative aspects, keeping the audience, your interest, setting, time and assessment needs in mind.

Demonstration Speech Topics


How to:

  • read the clouds
  • read the stars
  • read the tides
  • read tree rings
  • recognize differing types of rock
  • read a landscape without a map
  • water divine
  • track animals in the wild
  • forecast weather
  • recognize poisonous plants or insects
  • survive in the wild
  • prepare a survival kit


How to:

  • train a puppy
  • wash a dog
  • care for a kitten
  • saddle a horse
  • feed a dog, horse, cat,...correctly
  • interpret animal behavior
  • soothe a frightened dog, cat...
  • keep a pet dog or cat in an apartment
  • give medicines to your dog, cat...
  • care for an injured or sick pet
  • set up a fish bowl
  • choose a pet
  • teach a parrot to talk


How to:

  • prepare basic landscaping plans
  • lay bricks or paving stones
  • build a fence
  • make a swing
  • make a children's play area
  • build a compost bin
  • make a greenhouse
  • make a windbreak
  • plant a tree
  • grow from seed
  • graft a plant
  • prepare and plant a tub of flowers or vegetables
  • plant a window box of herbs
  • prune a rose bush
  • care for garden tools
  • make a bird feeder
  • choose the right plants for the right situations
  • plant spring bulbs
  • recognize poisonous plants or insects
  • make a no-dig garden
  • encourage birds or bees into the garden
  • make a patio or deck garden


How to:

  • how to design & make a greeting card
  • knit
  • crochet
  • embroider
  • quilt
  • felt
  • make a perfect posy of flowers
  • learn to draw, sketch
  • learn to paint in water colors
  • make papier mache
  • work puppets
  • decoupage
  • use stencils
  • make natural dyes
  • spin or weave
  • create a seasonal center piece for the table
  • make a Christmas wreath
  • paint eggs
  • press flowers
  • scrapbook
  • make your own jewelery from antique buttons
  • sew your own clothes
  • design your own clothes
  • bonsai
  • arrange flowers
  • make your own soft furnishings
  • take a brass rubbing
  • batik
  • tie-dye a garment
  • carve or whittle wood


How to:

  • learn to skate board
  • learn to surf
  • wax a surfboard
  • choose the right piece of sporting equipment (bike, surf or skate board, shoes, protective gear...)
  • score a game of tennis
  • catch a fish
  • prepare and set a fishing net
  • smoke a fish
  • play chess, checkers, dominoes, cards...
  • train for a marathon
  • use a snorkel correctly
  • hold a softball bat
  • care for a set of golf clubs
  • oil a bike
  • fix a puncture
  • prevent sporting injuries
  • fly a kite
  • be a team player
  • shoot a goal
  • ride a bike

Food & More

How to:

  • make a perfect cup of coffee, tea...
  • use chop sticks
  • prepare green tea and serve it correctly
  • make chocolate
  • plan a party
  • store frozen food
  • sharpen a knife
  • prepare chicken safely
  • make your own relish, jam, pastry...
  • write a shopping list
  • plan a menu
  • organize your pantry
  • bake bread, bagels...
  • use seasonal vegetables
  • dry fruits and vegetables
  • make your own wedding cake
  • ice a cake
  • make desserts
  • cook economically
  • make healthy meals
  • carve vegetables
  • fold table napkins


How to:

  • read to a child
  • set a dinner table
  • talk to a deaf person
  • buy online safely
  • read body language
  • understand cultural differences in body language
  • travel safely in a foreign country
  • play with a small child
  • take a telephone message
  • eat politely
  • defend yourself (basic self defence)
  • do basic first aid
  • take a pulse
  • teach a child to read the time
  • prepare a baby's bottle
  • write a thank-you letter
  • read braille
  • alter your own clothes...take up a hem etc.
  • iron a shirt properly
  • take a good photograph
  • lift without damaging your back
  • apply make-up correctly
  • learn French, German, Italian...
  • plait or braid hair
  • make an effective complaint
  • save gas
  • waltz (foxtrot, line dance ...)
  • organise a coffee morning
  • run a meeting
  • make a presentation
  • do a cheap style make-over
  • shop at thrift stores
  • choose colors that suit you
  • choose clothes that suit you
  • knot a tie
  • walk in high heels
  • make your own cosmetics, creams etc
  • start your own business
  • take control of your personal finances
  • buy a house
  • choose a college
  • decide what career you want
  • keep fit
  • select the right make-up for you
  • whistle

And then there's...

How to:

  • fix a blocked sink
  • fix a leaking faucet
  • replace a cracked tile
  • polish wooden furniture
  • restore a piece of furniture
  • change a car tire
  • interpret a modern painting
  • read a palm
  • burglar proof your home
  • save money
  • recycle
  • break old habits
  • use a cell phone
  • how to make and upload a video to You-tube
  • text
  • read braille

More demonstration topic ideas & help

Now you've chosen your demonstration speech topic find out more about how good demonstration speeches are structured. This is an easily followed 'how to' prepare your speech guide.

Or if you're still looking, try this page of 50 how to speech ideas.
These demonstration speech topics focus on teaching vital soft skills like 'how to apologize sincerely' or 'how to accept personal criticism positively'.

Would you like a print-friendly blank speech outline template to use?
The template will step you through an ordered sequence of steps to ensure your speech has a logical beginning, middle and end.

And if your speech is being formally evaluated why not find out what the judge will be marking you on?
There's a standard speech evaluation form here.

You can find more tips like these through checking the site map.

The goals of your demonstration speech could be: to demonstrate a process and give the audience information while using visual aids; or to show how to do something; or how something is done; or how to make something; or how something works.

Choose a topic that you know and enjoy. Your speech will be more successful and easier to do if you use this criteria. If you can't come up with good public speaking topics for a demonstrational presentation speech, then use the subjects listed below for inspiration.

Before You Take that Step, Consider the following:

-Is it something you know how to do well?
-Is it something your audience would like to learn?
-Is it a process that can be done in the classroom with the materials that we provide? (table, blocks, cutting board, knives, refigerator, freezer, microwave--please DO NOT bring knives to schooo)
-Is it a process that will result in a finished product?
-Is it something you can accomplish in the allotted time? (5-7 minutes)
-Is it something you can safely accomplish in the room?
-Is it something you can do legally in school? (no weapons, animals, alcohol or controlled substances)
-Which of your choices have enough potential to offer your audience valuable information?

Remember audience when you choose your topic.

Who are they?

What are their interests?

What do they like?

What are their needs?

Use these lists of demonstrative speech topics to develop your own topics for a demonstrative speech. It can be anything you like. As long as you are able to present the steps of the demonstration or process speech topics.

Topic Ideas--Food--Demonstrate HOW TO:

bake a pie,

decorate a cake,
make a non-bake cookies,
make a favorite family cookie,
make a better than hitting the lottery cake,
make different flavors of beef jerkey,
make an icee,

make puppy chow,
make a fruit cake,
make blueberry pancakes,
make muffins,
grill a steak,

make seven-layer dip,

make a Caesar salad,

make an Orange Julius,

make variations on grilled cheese,

make an omelette,

make a smoothie,

make homemade ice-cream,

Topic Ideas--Non Food


to set a dinner table for a formal dinner,

to plan the perfect date,

to make a pinata,

to pot or repot a plant,

to make a birdhouse,

to arrange flowers,
to polish shoes,
to stencil glass,
to make stationary,
to stamp greeting cards,
to make ornaments,

to color eggs,

to scrapbook,

to make a photo album,

to paint a shirt,

to make paper flowers,

to do wood burning,

to frame a picture,

to make boxes,

to make a dream catcher,

to finish furniture,

to hang wallpaper,

to make a basket,

to make a spool doll,

to make an Easter tree,

to make a dryer vent pumpkin,

to fix a bike tire,

to iron clothes,

to cross stitch,

to make a terrarium,

to set up a fish tank,

to tie a tie,

to make a wreath,

to wrap a package creatively,

to silk screen,

to carve wood,

to tool leather,

to repair a lamp,

to make a winter survival kit,

to carve a pumpkin,

to make a centerpiece,

to make a beaded necklace,

to make paper,

to tie dye,

to braid a belt,

to make candy airplanes or trains,

to make a wooden stool,

to make Playdough or Silly Putty,

to make a planter,

to dry flowers

to be a vegetarian

to fix a flat tire

to create a Halloween mask

to clean your car

to play piano

to change a bank cheque

to dress for a dance

to play a computer game

to make a blog

to make a web site

to organize a surprise party

to print a digital photo

to eat oysters

to register for voting

to make special coffee drinks

to read music notes

to learn playing guitar

to use your breath when you sing

to make your own root beer

to make your garden full of flowers year around

to build a resume

to clean your swimming pool

to clean your golf clubs

to make a fast summer salad

to make a new candle of old ones

to make your own wedding dress

to organize your wedding

to make a water-colour

to build a shed

to prevent injury

to develop the best serve in a tennis game

to knot a carpet

to manage stress

to relax

to become a good actress

to become a famous filmstar

to write a filmscript

to write a business-like letter

to harvest honey

to serve breakfast in bed

to blow a glass

to train your brains

to make a genealogical tree

to start a bed & breakfast

to become a policeman

to climb a building

to planning a party

to run a formal meeting

or demonstration speech topics related to yóur favorite sports
And so on ...

Other Ways to Get Ideas

Another way of inventing demonstration speech topics is by associating. Look at the general categories below. Can you come up with any good how todemonstrative speech ideas?
Food and Drink, Household, Sports, Recreation, Health & Beauty, Home Improvement, Decoration, Cars, Government Science, Nature, College Games, Culture, Etcetera ...

Delivery Of Your Demonstration Speech Topics

First and for all: think about the rules and time limit of the public speaking assignment. And apply these eight public speaking speech tips for delivering your demonstration speech topics:

1. Visual aids, like objects, actual items, models or drawings can help you.
2. Include personal stories and examples to illustrate your topics for a demonstrative speech.
3. Provide each audience member materials and ingredients to practice with.
4. Insure everyone is participating.
5. Look around you and see if your audience is following you.
6. Ask yourself if someone in the audience has to assist with your demonstration.
7. Close your speech with a memorable summary.
8. Ask if there are any questions about your demonstrative speech topic ideas.

By now, you developed a blueprint for a good demonstration speech topic.

CLICK HERE for a cool on-line topic selection tool. Or scroll down for Mr. McLaughlin's list of topics.

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