Demonstration speech ideas for a girl who can't cook or craft
September 12, 2011 8:23 PM Subscribe
What would be a good topic for a 5-6-minute demonstration speech in a college speech class? Caveat: It must involve the use of a tangible, 3D object, but I have absolutely no
ability with crafts, cooking, or sports.
posted by datarose to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (48 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
For this speech, I will have to show the class how something is done, show them how something works, or demonstrate the stages of a process. My speech must involve a list of steps and the use of at least one 3D object (not my body alone).
Despite searching for demonstration speech topics on Google and reading lists of hundreds of ideas, I am at a loss. All the skills I can think of that I happen to possess are related to language, thought, computer usage, and other academic talents -- mostly things that go on in my mind, and nothing involving the manipulation of external objects that are large enough to be visible across a room. Three ideas I had -- teaching some French phrases, demonstrating a yoga pose, or showing how to draw or write something -- are all ruled out because they don't involve 3D objects.
Can you think of any simple skills I might possess (but am forgetting or overlooking) that could be used for a demonstration speech? Or are there any other skills/processes I could learn (and master in just a day or so) well enough to teach the class with some authority?
Most importantly, they should not be text-based or body-based, but rather involve the manipulation of 3D objects in some way. Additionally, I can't use a topic as simple as "How to tie your shoes" or "How to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich," because I need to demonstrate something interesting and useful to my audience, not something everyone knows how to do already. Finally, remember that I have no prior knowledge, experience, or giftedness with crafts, cooking, or sports, and I don't want to have to buy any expensive or obscure props that couldn't easily be obtained at a Walmart.
Thanks in advance for your ideas!