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Did your teacher or professor just assign you a presentation?
Did they also tell you to pick your own presentation topic idea?
That’s probably the reason why you’re here, looking for a topic idea to create a presentation that will get you a good grade.
Well, you’ve come to the right place!
We know how difficult it is to come up with an interesting presentation topic idea on the fly. That’s why we put together a list of 200 ideas to help you out.
We have organized these presentation topic ideas by subject so you can easily browse through and find what you're looking for. Each section also comes with a bonus presentation template!
But first, let's dive into the topic ideas.
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By now, you must have already chosen a presentation topic idea. But you might still be wondering why your teacher assigned you this task in the first place.
No, your teacher is not out to get you by assigning a presentation you have to choose the topic for. There are a few reasons why teachers and professors assign presentations this way.
Choosing a presentation topic idea inspires you to look inside themselves to find a topic of interest. Knowing about your interests helps give direction to your future life and career plans.
Selecting presentation topic ideas on your own also helps you learn how to do research properly. You get more familiar with the practice of taking notes, creating an outline and prioritizing information.
Brainstorming various topic ideas is also great for improving your creative performance. And finally, getting up on stage and presenting prepares you for public speaking in front of an audience.
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Believe it or not, assigning a presentation is one of the best ways to teach a student how to learn on their own. It’s similar to asking a student to write an essay, but a lot more fun!
If you're overwhelmed by all the topic ideas above and aren't sure which one is right for your presentation, don't worry. We have tips help you pick the right topic in no time.
If after this process you still aren’t sure, just browse through the list above and find a specific presentation topic idea that sparks your interest most.
The first step to figuring out what your presentation should be about is to ask yourself these questions:
It’s easy to find a presentation topic by looking at your hobbies. The best part of this choice is that you’ll be passionate when presenting it to your peers.
For example, if you love woodworking, create a presentation about the history of woodworking or a step-by-step look at “How to make a wooden bowl by hand.”
Look at the style of books you’ve been reading lately. Have any of them made an impact on your life?
If you're having a difficult time coming up with a topic idea, you can create a presentation about a book that you found really special, or about an author you’ve read a few books by.
If you have ever played Trivial Pursuit or attended a Trivia Night, you must have noticed that some topics are easier for you to answer. That is your topic of interest and a great place to look for some ideas.
For example, if you always know the answer to the questions about classical music, you can create a presentation about your favorite composer.
What have you been binge-watching lately? Regardless if its Orange is The New Black or a documentary about the Sudanese civil war, you can find an interesting topic to work with.
It can be about history or current events. You could even do some kind of comparative analysis on how a specific show has affected you or the people who watch it.
Another way to find an interesting presentation topic idea is to think of things you want to learn more about. Take the opportunity to learn something new and then share it in your presentation.
Present the facts of what you learned or turn the presentation into a journal entry of your personal experience using the new information that you just learned.
Additionally, it’s important to remember that whatever topic you choose, it must also be appropriate.
As Allan Smith says,
“Depending on your audience and occasion purpose, you have to steer away from topics that might bore or offend your audience.”Click to tweet
Once you have chosen the perfect presentation topic idea, it’s time to design your presentation. Here are some tips for creating a great presentation that will get you a good grade.
A presentation is different than an essay in the sense that it doesn’t need to be as long or detailed. A presentation doesn’t have to be in-depth like a 30-page essay. Give your audience the right amount of information without being overwhelming, but also don’t be too vague.
A presentation is like the halfway point between an interesting conversation and a 10-page essay.
Some presentations explain how to do something or give facts about something. These styles of presentations are easy to visualize with images and bullet points.
Unfortunately, these types of presentations can also be really boring.
Look for a unique way of presenting the information, use interesting backgrounds, apply shaped frames to the images, embed videos and use colorful shapes to create separations.
Presentations about scientific topics are usually full of data and information. For processes and cycles, try using Visme's data widgets, such as the flowchart tool or circular process widgets.
Charts and graphic organizers can really help get the idea across on the slides.
Take a cue from our friends at Presentation Guru,
“Make sure all the data you are including on your slides is absolutely necessary for you to tell your story. If it isn’t, cut it. It’s easy to fall into the trap of including too much data by considering every minute detail to be important.”Click to tweet
If you want to create a presentation about a history topic, use a timeline to visualize the passing of time. The timeline can continue from slide to slide. Just make sure the horizontal line is at the same height on every slide.
Here is a video about how to use Visme's timeline maker to visualize timelines:
When it's your turn to hand in the presentation, you will need to deliver it in front of the class. You will need to give a speech and show the slides at the same time. Here are some tips for giving a great presentation:
Here at Visme, we love helping students create better presentations.
We have resources on how to use presentation templates, how to design slides from scratch, how to maintain consistency between slides, how to present data visually and how to successfully present to an audience.
Here are some articles to help you design and deliver your presentation:
Once you’re ready to start designing, just open up the Visme dashboard and select one of the many presentation templates. You can also create a presentation from scratch, there are lots of tools to help you out along the way.
We hope you were able to find the perfect presentation topic idea for your presentation on this list! Let us know how you did and link to your presentation in the comments.