Impromptu Topics

These impromptu topics are meant to be as close as possible to the kinds of topics you will get in NCFCA competition

Words

Grace

Panic

Fall

News

Best

Move

Build

Live

Freak

Villain

Defeat

Victory

Bias

Hope

Energy

Race

Fear

Contemplation

Monster

Fashion

Justice

Design

Empty

Mercy

Caution

Honesty

Compliment

Temperance

Contentment

Favoritism

Truth

Rescue

Absent

Scar

Undeniable

Win

Feel

Armor

Story

Courage

Radical

Deception

Full

Will

Self-government

Peace

Crown

Plain

Hero

Grace

Risk

Confusion

Elation

Safety

Punishment

Delay

Understanding

Confidence

Duty

Fury

Quotes

"Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it."

"That which grows slowly endures."

"Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours."

"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think."

"Most of life is so dull that there is nothing to be said about it."

"What consumes your mind controls your life."

"Strive for greatness."

"Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact."

"Friendship has no survival value, rather it is one of those things that gives value to survival."

"The worst surroundings in the world can be tolerated if the people in them are interesting and kind."

“I can live for two months on a good compliment.”

“Once you do something, you never forget. Even if you can’t remember.”

“If you truly believe in what you create, the possibilities are boundless.”

“I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?”

“You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.”

“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”

“You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.”

“Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.”

“A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.”

“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”

“Every man’s happiness is his own responsibility.”

“On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”

“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.”

“If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”’

“We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us.”

“Have no friends not equal to yourself.”

“First rule of leadership: Everything is your fault.”

“It isn’t manly to be enraged.”

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”

“The superior man is modest in speech but exceeds in his actions.”

“The man who moves a mountain must start by moving small stones”

“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings”

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.”

“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.”

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

“For this is what makes us evil--that none of us looks back upon our own lives.”

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”

“Your principles can’t be extinguished unless you snuff out the thoughts that feed them.”

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

“When you expect the world to end at any moment, you know there is no need to hurry.”

“The least of learning is done in the classrooms.”

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”

“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

“Often what weighs you down isn’t yours to carry”

“Experience is the name many people give their past mistakes”


Table Topics

What is your response to failure?

What does courage mean to you?

Can thinking great thoughts make you a great person?

Do you believe in the impossible?

What is the value of originality?

Should you obey your instincts?

Why is it important to know yourself?

Can you accept an apology you never received?

Can you ever go back to the person you were yesterday?

How do you learn how to learn?

Which is a more important skill, investigation or communication?

Is it more important to love or be loved?

Is there such a thing as perfect?

Can there be happiness without sadness?

Is it more important to do what you love or to love what you are doing?

Do you ever celebrate the green lights?

Why are you, you?

What is your greatest challenge?

What’s the difference between settling for things and accepting the way things are?

Is there ever a time when giving up makes sense?

When does silence convey more meaning than words?

Is the reward worth the risk?

Beyond the titles that others have given you, who are you?

Is it ever right to do the wrong thing? Is it ever wrong to do the right thing?

If you could relive yesterday, what would you do differently?

What good comes from suffering?

If you could rid society from one ill, what would it be?

What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?

What is the difference between surviving and thriving?

What is your happiest memory?

When was the last time you tried something new?

Is crying a sign of weakness or strength?

When you are 80 years old, what will matter to you the most?

If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?

What is one thing you wish more people knew?

What is the difference between innocence and ignorance?

What makes you smile?

Which is worse, failing or never trying?

What are three lessons you’ve learned in the past year?

Topics for Juniors!

What is something you have done that you are proud of?

What would you do if you found three kittens on your doorstep?

What would you do if you were President?

Describe a happy memory from a long time ago

What is your greatest fear, and how can you overcome it?

Describe someone you admire

Tell us about a story you have written

What will you be like when you are grown up?

Make up a story about a puppy who gets lost

Describe your dream house

If you could make three wishes, what would they be, and why?

Joy Fun

Fear Forgive

Other Resources

Generators

Impromptu Topic Generator (Ace peak) This generator will give you harder topics than you would get in club or competition (they did this intentionally to make your practice more effective)


‎Impromptu Topic Generator on the App Store (iPhone App) This app isn’t perfect, (it has some bugs with the screen size), but it’s free!


Words

Sample Character Traits


Quote Topics


Quotes

365 Quotes for PDF-short


Top 100 Most Motivational Quotes of All Time


Best Quotes of All Time.


Table topics

365 Table Topics Questions: this resource is especially helpful because I’ve actually gotten a lot of these exact table topics in competition. (Maybe this is where NCFCA pulls from? :0)


Juniors

IMPROMPTU SPEECH TOPICS


Table Topics