Topics About Objects

The category of objects is broad. Not only do the topics cover a large range of things, but how a speaker can utilize particular topics adds to the array. Objects are random and open to creativity, which is a great environment to be humorous. This article will give an overview of the type of objects that can be seen in a draw, and it will also help to prepare a speaker to face some of the most obscure topics possible. In addition, it will explain how to separate and strengthen skills to stand-out as a winner.

Abstract Objects (Love, Peace, Joy, Anger, Trust, Etc.)

Okay Approach – Draw a topic concerning love and start thinking about all the things one personally loves. This may be family, friends, or things, but the focus is on what means the most to the individual.

Better Approach – Begin by asking what is the meaning behind emotional/descriptive states such as love and peace? A veteran will focus in on how these emotions/descriptions/philosophies have evolved for him or her over the years. It will allow them to prove to the judge that they are reflective and deep, and it will allow them to bring up humorous memories where they were “not so loving” or “not so at peace” as a hook. This is critical. The perspective of how a topic is viewed will change the direction of thoughts from the start of prep.

Colors (Red, Yellow, Blue, etc.)

Okay Approach – An alright speech would choose one of these colors and point out how many objects or parts of nature are that color. It would be a one-dimensional speech that is predictable and boring.

Better Approach – A better approach for a topic like this is to try to catch the judge off guard with creativity. For instance, if using the topic “red” a speaker might talk about the meaning of that color for Americans. The three points might be: a color to symbolize American loss at war, the power of love (Valentine’s day), and the importance of red for Christmas. Essentially, think about the symbolism of colors; what does a particular color mean for society or individuals? What is that color’s significance? Think beyond the typical and reap the results.

Foods (watermelon, fruitcake, cookies, etc.)

Okay Approach – A novice might talk about how much they like a specific type of food. The topic of food can be extremely difficult because there is no obvious direction. Does one talk about a favorite food? Why they dislike it? Food can be bland unless some spice is added.

Better Approach – There are a few options to pursue when speaking about food. One is to be funny. If the topic is “watermelon” do not only talk about the taste of watermelon (most people have tasted it before). That is boring. Talk about funny things that can be done with watermelon, things that should never be eaten with watermelon, or talk about how annoying the seeds of watermelon are. A second approach could be to get somewhat serious and discuss the role of food in cultures and families. To eat food is to bond as friends, family, or a culture. The social interaction and meaning behind the food is what is important. Add a few jokes and a deep, yet comical Impromptu speech is created.

Monuments/Landmarks – (Washington Memorial, Harvard University, Times Square, etc.)

Okay Approach – A decent approach to a topic like this is to lean on the default answer: a family vacation. Impromptu competitors will discuss a time they and their family took an adventure outside of their zip code, describe what happened, and offer a moral. They will tend to talk about why they feel that trip was special to them, and this is where judges tend to lose interest. This is too personal of an approach that can ostracize the audience.

Better Approach – A veteran will always consider the interest of the judge. In this case, they will ask “what does the judge want to hear” or “why is this important to the judge?” The judge wants to hear how the landmark or monument applies to them. Why should they go there? Why is this place important for them to know about? If there is nothing serious to say, talk about a bad/comical experience had at this location to make the judge laugh. Also, explain why this place is significant to people in general (such as recent advancements made there that make that one place relevant to society and culture). Always be a step ahead of the competition with these little details.

Speaking about objects in Impromptu can be challenging. Avoid looking at a topic from the surface and see beyond to find a deeper meaning. It is hard to think fast and deliver a speech, but experience and practice are what turns a novice into varsity. Keep speaking and learning to become an introspective speaker and gain ranks.