People Speech Topics

For your pick of people speech topics, consider the life and times of an influential person in history.

Focus on an aspect of the life. A story about them. Something motivational. A lesson learned. Their example. How we can benefit from their life experience.

Notable people in Energy

Alcorn (1940)

Celsius (1701)

Crosthwait (1898)

Curie (1867)

Dalton (1766)

Diesel (1858)

Drake (1819)

Edison (1847)

Einstein (1879)

Faraday (1791)

Ford (1863)

Franklin (1706)

Gourdine (1929)

Jones (1892)

Joule (1818)

Koontz (1922)

Latimer (1848)

Marconi (1874)

Maxwell (1831)

Meitner (1878)

Newton (1642)

Ohm (1787)

Oppenheimer (1908)

Otto (1832)

Pupin (1858)

Roberts (1913)

Stanley (1858)

Stokes (1924)

Tesla (1856)

Woods (1856)

Notable Women Leaders

Joan of Arc leader of the French

Valentina Tereshkova first woman to make a space flight.

Oprah Winfrey, one of the richest women on the planet.

Helen Keller


Mae Jemison who was the first African American Woman in space.

Madonna, an American film stars and wealthy pop singer.

Tina Turner, an American film star and wealthy pop singer.

Cleopatra, the Egyptian Queen

Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state of the United States.

Dr. Condoleeza Rice

Madeleine Albright

JK Rowling, author of Harry Potter books.

Eileen Collins, the first woman to fly the space shuttle, piloted the Discovery.

Indira Ghandi, the Prime minister of India / was assassinated.

People of Note in Other Disciplines

  • Science
  • Medicine
  • Inventors
  • Geologists
  • Sociologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • World leaders
  • Dead Presidents
  • Communicators
  • Dancers
  • This is a partial list of dancers who attained notoriety during their lifetime.

    Anna Pavlova (1881- 1931)

    Alvin Ailey, Jr. (1931 – 1989)

    Mikhail Nikolaevitch Baryshnikov (born January 28, 1948)

    Michael Joseph Jackson (1958-2009)

    Samuel George “Sammy” Davis, Jr. (1925 – 1990)

    Martha Graham (1894 – 1991)

    Fred Astaire (Frederick Austerlitz) (1899 – 1987) You have to see him dance!

    Gregory Hines (1946 – 2003)

    John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954)

    Eugene Curran “Gene” Kelly (1912 – 1996)

    Patrick Swayze (born August 18, 1952)

    Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev (1938 – 1993)

    Marie Anne de Cupis de Camargo (1710 – 1770)

  • Actors
  • Artist
  • This is only a partial list of artist who attained some note during their lifetime.

    Salvador Dali

    Georg Baselitz

    Paul Cezanne

    Edgar Degas

    Damien Hirst

    Jasper Johns

    Anselm Kiefer

    Emily Kngwarreye

    Roy Lichtenstein

    Norman Lindsay

    Robert Mapplethorpe

    Claude Monet

    Henry Moore

    John Olsen

    Francis Picabia

    Pablo Picasso

    Jackson Pollock (How much did his painting sell for while he was still alive?)


    Gerhard Richter

    Norman Rockwell

    Arthur Streeton

    Yves Tanguy

    Cy Twombly

    Vincent van Gogh

    Andy Warhol (Everybody will be famous for 15 minutes)

    Brett Whiteley

    Fred Williams

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