UNIT 4 - Demostrational Speaking

The GOAL of writing and delivering this speech to an audience: 

  • To demonstrate a process and give the audience information while using visual aids and activity.
  • To show how to do something, how something is done, how to make something, or how something works.
Start your speech writing process 

Ask: Which of your choices have enough potential to offer your audience valuable and worthwhile information?

Analyze your audience. Especially for demonstration speech topics:
  • Who are they - demographics? E.g. Average age, education, female / male etc.
  • What are their interests or what is their involvement?
  • What do they like or appreciate?
  • What are their needs or perhaps urgent wants?


50+ Topics and Ideas

Start with one of these example phrases for setting up demonstrative ideas:
  • How To Make ...
  • How To Fix ...
  • How To Use ...
  • How To Do ...
  • How ... Works
  • How ... Is Done, Produced or Made
Like the demonstration speech topics below.
All start with the word "How":

to cook a pie - or what ever you like to cook :-)
to tie a tie
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 like a princess
to play a computer game
to make a virgin cocktail
to taste cheese
to organize a surprise party
to print a digital photo
to eat oysters
to register for voting
to roast coffee beans
to read music notes
to learn playing guitar
to use your breath when you sing
to make rootbeer
to bottle your own perfume
to become a princess
to make your garden full of flowers year around
to build a good web site :-)
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 find a public speaking program that works
to prevent injury
to develop the best serve in a tennis game
to knot a carpet
to stop thinking
to speak italian
to become a good actress
to become a famous filmstar
to write a filmscript
to write a business-like letter
to make honey
to blow a glass
to train your brains
to dry your hair
to greet japanese people
to use the cruise control
to make a genealogical tree
to start a bed & breakfast
to become a policeman
to climb a building
to make a dancing show
to make ice cream
to become the president
to be in the chair in a meeting
to make a sweet dessert
to snow board
to board in sand
to wrinkle a skirt
to calculate your golf handicap
to make a golf swing - or public speaking ideas related to yóur favorite sports.
And so on ...

Another way of inventing demonstration speech topics is by associating.

Look at the general categories and themes below.
Food and Drink, Household Appliances, Sports Equipment, Outdoor Recreation Travel Trips, Health and Beauty Tips, Home Improvement, Home Decoration, Vintage Cars, Government Science, Nature Medicine, College Games, Culture, Tires and Suspension Trademarks, Travel Packing, Acne Curing, Building Treehouses, Vaccines, Vacuum Cleaners, Valentines Day Dating, Vanishing Tricks, Ventilation Systems, Video Game Consoles, Making Home Videos, Volleyball Techniques, Warm Ups and Stretching Training Methods, Water Polo Rules, Wind Turbines, Tasting Wine Vintages, Woodworking, How to Write a Testimonial About Yourself, Sales Elevator Pitches, Yoga for Starters Programs ... Et cetera.


20 pts
Objective: To determine the value of a demo and to start weighing topic choice on the value(s) they carry and the value to the audience watching.
Activity:  Students view each video with a bit of a set up for each one provided by Mr.Schaefer.

They must write out an answer to the following questions for each video:
1.) What is the value of the skill presented? Why does it matter?
2.) Who benefits from this information? You? 
3.) How many people does the information affect? (global?)


David Blaine: “How I Held My Breath For 17 Minutes”
Joe Smith – “How to Use One Paper Towel”
Terry Moore: “How to Tie Your Shoes”


Mel Robbins: “How to Get What You Want”
Derek Sivers: “How to Start A Movement”
Idriz Zogaj: “How to Become A Memory Master”


(use the following outline for this speech)

Note: Part II - section B - must have 15 steps total


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