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Topics for "How-to" Speeches

These are sample topics for brief process speeches. Whatever topic you choose, get your instructor's permission before bringing animals, babies, small children, and food materials into the classroom. (Needless to say, you should not even think about bringing weapons or illegal substances.)

  • avoid athletic injuries
  • avoid food poisoning
  • avoid home burglary
  • avoid hypothermia
  • avoid repetitive stress
  • build a campfire
  • buy tools for home use
  • change a flat tire
  • child-proof a home
  • choose a good backpack
  • choose healthy snacks
  • choose low-fat alternative foods
  • color one's hair
  • cook _____ (a favorite dish)
  • clean a car
  • clean CDs and CD players
  • clean silverware
  • clean a computer
  • cure hiccups
  • dress for a job interview
  • dress for cold weather
  • exercise without pain
  • giftwrap a present
  • hang a picture
  • hide items from burglars
  • identify a poisonous insect
  • identify a plant (such as ginseng)
  • jumpstart a car
  • keep children happy when traveling
  • lift heavy objects correctly
  • make a salad
  • make candles
  • make Christmas tree ornaments
  • make gift baskets
  • make homemade paper
  • open a coconut
  • pack a lunch a child will eat
  • package fragile items
  • perform a card trick
  • perform self-defense moves
  • perform the Heimlich maneuver
  • play a simple game (such as horseshoes)
  • put out kitchen fires
  • remove a stain
  • repair _____ (a broken or inoperable item)
  • repot a houseplant
  • select comfortable shoes
  • select a good vacation site
  • sharpen a knife
  • shine leather shoes
  • start a garden
  • start a hobby (such as collecting antiques )
  • stock and maintain an aquarium
  • take care of an unusual pet
  • tip in restaurants
  • use a fire extinguisher correctly

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