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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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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 design & make a greeting card
- make a perfect posy of flowers
- learn to draw, sketch
- learn to paint in water colors
- make papier mache
- work puppets
- use stencils
- make natural dyes
- spin or weave
- create a seasonal center piece for the table
- make a Christmas wreath
- paint eggs
- press flowers
- make your own jewelery from antique buttons
- sew your own clothes
- design your own clothes
- arrange flowers
- make your own soft furnishings
- take a brass rubbing
- tie-dye a garment
- carve or whittle wood
- 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
- 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
- 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
And then there's...
- 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
- break old habits
- use a cell phone
- how to make and upload a video to You-tube
- 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.
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:
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,
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 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 carpetto manage stress
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.
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