IMPROMPTU SPEAKING COMPETITION EXAMPLES

1.       You are a Journalist at the scenes of a variety of news breaking locations [earthquake, Hollywood wedding, plane crash, riot, war, famine, pop concert,                                           important  government announcement]

2.       What object would you compare yourself to and why? [e.g. a mirror, a table, a chair, a briefcase, a door]

3.       Tell a big secret about your life [invent it - keep your real secrets secret]

4.       Give advice to a married couple who are in danger of splitting up

5.       If you could go back in time and talk to yourself at the age of ten, what advice would you give yourself?

6.       If you could travel back in time to meet anyone in your family's history, whom would you most want to meet?

7.       Some people say a little white lie is sometimes okay. What do you think?

8.       Introduce the next speaker using the TIS Formula (Topic/Importance of the Topic/Speaker) – invent the details

9.       What annually televised sporting event is an absolute must-see for you?

10.   Create a story as a group [each person must say the next three lines in the story]:

11.   You will be given a random topic to discuss:

  Murphy's Law  Chasing dreams  Unexpected disasters  
  How I choose friends  Speed limits  Remembering birthdays  
  2030  Space Travel  Nothing is impossible  
  Dogs  Cats  Internet addiction  
  If I were my Dictator  Examinations  Mobile phones  
  The meaning of life  Rats  Telling lies  
  Restaurants  Politicians  Football  
  Hollywood  Things that make me angry  Christmas  
  Santa Claus  The law  The truth  
  The Environment  Valentine’s Day  Who am I?  

 

12.   Should there be Censorship in democratic societies?

13.   Do you agree with cloning?

14.    Is tourism a good or a bad thing?

15.    Corruption is inevitable in politics

16.    TV does more harm than good

17.    The United Nations no longer lives up to its ideals

18.    Do prisons serve a useful purpose in our society?

19.    Which country is going to be the next super power?

20.    Should all nuclear weapons be abolished?

21.   Are models too thin?

22.   Should capital punishment be brought back?

23.   Zoos - Good or bad?

24.   Is our time on earth coming to a close?

25.   Should we tax the rich more than the poor?

26.   Should we be forced to do voluntary work?

27.   Do footballers get paid too much?

28.   Beauty or knowledge, which one would you choose?

29.   Should Animals Be Used for Scientific Experimentation?

30.   Coffee or tea?

31.   Dogs or cats?

32.   What makes a good person?

33.   Religion vs. Science

34.   The Ozone Layer

35.   Electro Magnetic Fields

36.   The Global Crisis

37.   What is the best birthday celebration you have ever had?

38.   A decision has been made to erect a statue of somebody important in the centre of your town/city – you have to choose the person – who should it be and why?

39.   What was something that made you laugh until you cried?

40.   If you could have one superhuman ability, what would it be and why?

41.   What will the world be like in a hundred years time?

42.   What are the best foods in your country?

43.   You are a tour guide – bring us on a virtual tour of some place you know really well.

44.   Who were the best leaders the world has ever known?

45.   Is honesty the best policy?

46.   If you had to move to another city, where would you go and why?

47.    What did you get into trouble for the most when you were young?

48.   Your friend is convinced his wife is cheating on him. What advice would you give him?

49.   Your best friend has gotten married – make a speech about your best friend, and why she is so great?

50.   You’ve just won €1,000,000 how are you going to spend it? Are you going to make a difference? Are you going to change the world? Or are you just going to spend it                 on yourself?

51.   If you had the chance to speak to any political leader, who would it be and what would you say?

52.   If you could create one new law, what would it be?

53.    Your best ever day

54.   Your most memorable holiday

55.   The best movie that you ever saw

56.   The best book that you have ever read

57.   Your best friend

58.   The best gift you have ever received

59.   Your best birthday

60.   Your favourite day of the week

61.   Your favourite time of the day

62.   If you could have a round-trip ride in a time machine and travel any distance into the past or future, where would you want to go?

63.   If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?

64.   If you were to be granted any one magical power you wanted, what would you pick?

65.   Tell us about the worst movie you have ever seen

66.   Abortion. Should it be legal?

67.   Do you think we should have censorship?

68.   Genetic Cloning (making an exact copy of a person) – should it be allowed?

69.   Euthanasia is the practice of terminating the life of someone suffering from an incurable and usually painful illness. Is it ever justified?

70.   Do you support the death sentence?

71.   Do you think we should allow casinos to be built?

72.   Gossip is the most powerful force in the Universe

73.   Should guns be controlled?

74.   Do you think star signs are important?

75.   Is it ok to tell lies sometimes?

76.   Should marriage be a contract with an expiry date?

77.   Do females make better bosses?

78.   Do prisons serve a useful purpose in our society?

79.   Should you have to complete a course in order to be a parent?

80.   Time is money

81.   Health is wealth

82.   Money can buy anything and everything.

83.   Should teenagers accused of capital crimes be tried as adults?

84.   Are the courts too lenient on criminals?

85.   Is democracy really the best system?

86.   What can we do to improve the education system?

87.   What person in history do you most admire and why?

88.   Is it important to know a second language?

89.   Are bilingual people more intelligent?

90.   Is TV manipulating our minds?

91.   Are politics and honesty incompatible?

92.   The Olympic Games - How Important are they?

93.   Are men losing their identity?

94.   Are parents too lenient with their children?

95.   Will we ever set foot on Mars?

96.   Should all nuclear weapons be eliminated?

97.   What makes you happy?

98.   What terrifies you?

99.   What is the happiest moment in your life?

100.  What is your idea of a perfect day?

101.  Tell us about your favourite sport/hobby?

102.  What is your favourite travel destination?

103.  What is your favourite TV show?

104.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?

105.  Travel – the country I would most like to visit

106.  Where I want to be in 10 years

107.  What does Christmas mean to you

108.  My most frightening experience

109.  The worst present I ever received

110.  The best present I have ever received

111.   Who is the most important person in your life and why?

112.  What qualities do you admire in a person?

113.  Health is wealth.

114.  Charity starts at home.

115.  Money is the root of all evils.

116.  The ends justify the means.

117.  Out of sight, out of mind.

118.  The best things in are free

119.  The best things in Life cost money

120.  Home is where the heart is.

121.  The one who does the least work always get the most credit.

122.  The pen is mightier than the sword.

123.  If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done.

124.  Action speaks louder than words.

125.  The journey is more important than the destination.

126.  Things that are easy are seldom worthwhile.

127.  Honesty is the best policy.

128.  Love is blind.

129.  Beauty is only skin deep.

130.  Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.

131.  When you cease to dream you cease to live

132.  Adversity teaches us who our real friends are

133.  Interview Question: Tell me about yourself

134.  Interview Question: What are your best skills?

135.  Interview Question: What is your major weakness?

136.  Interview Question: Do you prefer to work by yourself or with others?

137.  Interview Question: What are your career goals?

138.  Interview Question: What are your hobbies?

139.  Interview Question: What new skills or capabilities have you developed recently?

140.  Interview Question: Give me examples of where you've shown initiative.

141.  Interview Question: What have been your greatest accomplishments?

142.  Interview Question: What is important to you in a job?

143.  Interview Question: What motivates you in your work?

144.  Interview Question: How do you think your education prepared you for life?

145.  The time is always right to do what is right.

146.  Every job that you complete is a portrait of yourself

147.  You're fifteen years old. Convince your parents to let you get a tattoo

148.  The best things in life are free

149.  Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing

150.  Seize the Day


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