Through the speech, you are expected to change the audience's point of view within a short period. It may seem difficult, but, in reality, it is not. Remember that the key lies in the speech topic that you have chosen. It is essential to look for a speech topic that is contemporary and fascinating to the audience. Persuasive speech topics should be based on themes and ideas that the audience strongly feels about or may easily relate to.
You should choose a topic that interests you. It will be an additional benefit if you already have some prior knowledge of the topic as it will be helpful in the question-answer session. The speech should make the audience curious and inquisitive. On the other hand, you need to think carefully before choosing a controversial topic, and also make sure that your views or thoughts are not defamatory and do not hurt any particular group's feelings. A thorough research is essential to make a speech or essay interesting, informative and coherent.
Popular Persuasive Speech Topics
Here are some general topics for persuasive essays and speeches. Most of them are based on political or current issues that are sure to rouse interest in the audience. •Ban beauty contests •Capital punishment be abolished.
•Legalize gay marriages.
•There is no alternative to prison.
•College students should have curfews.
•Juvenile sentence is right.
•Reality shows are not real.
•Gambling should be regulated.
•Wear helmets to save your life.
•Health insurance: a must for all citizens.
•Dangers of steroids
•Ban on fur clothing is right.
•Euthanasia is unethical.
•Bilingual education is a must.
•Finance education is important in today's world.
Abstract and Interesting Topics
The following are some interesting questions based on topics that do not have any particular answer or factual information. The efficiency of the speaker lies on the fact, as to how well can he persuade his audience to have a particular approach or point of view. •Wonders of nature prove God exists. •Vampires are fictional.
•Ghosts are for real.
•There is life after death.
•Angels are myths.
•Reincarnation is a fact.
•Beauty is skin deep.
Persuasive Speech Topics For Students
Teachers often encourage students to speak on different topics in class in order to involve them in class activities, debates and inculcate in them the art of public speaking. Here are some topics that will help you prepare an impressive persuasive speech or essay. •School uniforms should be compulsory. •Television: a bane for students.
•Sex education should be given in school.
•Exams should not be mandatory.
•Internet dating is harmful.
•No cell phones in school.
•Minimum wage for teenagers should be changed.
•Regular performance check for teachers should be mandatory. •Underage body piercing should be banned.
•Downloading copyrighted music is immoral.
•Mothers should ideally stay at home.
Some More Speech Topics
Apart from the aforementioned ones, there are many other subjects that can be used as good topics for persuasive speeches. The topics mentioned below are related to current issues and hence, the audience will definitely find them interesting.
• Mandatory drug tests for students.
• Ban smoking in public.
• Abortion, a form of murder!
• Abortion should solely be a woman's right.
• Adoption gives children a chance to have a better life.
• Prefer adoption over IVF.
• Alcohol kills!
• Ban alcohol advertising.
► Animal Rights
• Ban animal testing.
• Animal shows/circus should be banned.
• Literature has a major impact on our lives.
• Traditional books are more effective than e-books.
• Princess Diana wrongly sainted
• Botox should be banned.
• Corruption is the most deadly evil today.
My topic is corporal punishment
My general purpose is to persuade my audience
My specific purpose is to inform my audience on that corporal punishment is not a healthy way of educating kids.
My central idea is that corporal punishment is not an effective way to in force rules or educate kids properly.
I. Good morning everyone, Do you guys remember the last time you were hit by any adult? The last time you got in trouble? Do you remember that flying sandal or what I called it la chancla. I do.
II. According to our parents it was the only way to educate us, which of course was not true. There are many ways to educate children, to make them respect and collaborate. By using corporal punishment we build a foundation to our children that hitting is the only way to make them understand.
III. Corporal punishment has been used in schools as well as home but these practices have caused damage to children. Yea we might say well I came out just fine but what about everyone else. What about those kids who weren’t as lucky as you?
I. (transitional) This now brings me to the place where one should be feeling safe and not terrified of being in, one’s own home.
A. At home one is taught how to behave out in society. What we learn here is what we carry for the rest of our lives.
1. Corporal punishment has been banned in the home in over 31 countries. However here in the United States 32state have laws that...
Public Speaking Assignment #4
The PersuasiveSpeech Outline
I. Topic: Non-profit organization or charity organization
General Purpose: To persuade
Specific Purpose: To persuade the class to give back to our nation’s wounded warriors.
Claim of: One out of five veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are diagnosed with PTSD, veteran’s account for 20 percent of U.S suicide.
II. Attention Getter:
PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of life-threatening events such as the military combat, natural disasters, terrorism incidents, or any major tragedy. This is common in the life of veterans and is the leading cause of suicide among veterans. A VA patient who survived in Baghdad shares his experience with PTSD and explains how he knew he had this disability. Many veterans speak out about this issue and describe their continuous anger, alcohol addiction, and constantly wanted to fight. They usually feel very isolated and distant from their loved ones. One patient states, “PTSD involves rocketing into extreme states of stress re-activity; in the form of terror, rage, and uncontrollable impulses, and plunging into equally extreme states of being shut-down—exhaustion, emotional numbing, despair, and dissociation”. PTSD is about having fear and anxiety, allowing veterans to rage with anger and different...
CHAPTER 16 REVIEW QUESTIONS
1. What is the difference between an informative speech and a persuasivespeech? Why is speaking to persuade more challenging than speaking to inform?
Informative speech is designed to convey knowledge of and understanding and persuasivespeech is to either reinforce or changing people’s beliefs or actions. Persuasivespeech is more challenging than informative because there are different points of view on the topic your discussing since it is that touch on your listeners’ basic attitudes, values, and beliefs, therefore making it harder.
2. What does it mean to say that audiences engage in a mental dialogue with the speaker as they listen to a speech? What implications does this mental give-and-take hold for effective persuasive speaking?
It means that the audience is engaged in what the speaker is trying to convince them to stay or change their idea. The audience understands what the speaker is talking about.
3. What is the target audience for a persuasivespeech?
The target audience is the portion of the whole audience that the speaker most wants to persuade.
4. What are the questions of fact? How does a persuasivespeech on a question of fact Differ from an informative...
...Introduction to Public Speaking
Title: Don’t Drink Your Energy
Purpose Statement: To persuade people to not drink energy drinks
Thesis Statement: Today I am here to persuade you not to drink energy drinks
I. We’ve all have probably had an energy drink at some point
II. CNN Study shows 50% students, drink one to four a month
III. Many don’t pay attention or know short and long term effects
IV. The concept of downing energy drinks among college students
V. Thesis: Today I am here to persuade you to not drink energy drinks
VI. Overview Problems ED pose, The cause of those problems, and solutions
VII. Transition: Now lets take a look at the health issues energy drinks cause
a. Students using energy drinks as necessary part of day
b. Cause immediate or short term health issues
i. Tachycardia (increased heart rate)
iii. Gastrointestinal upset
iv. Chest pain
c. According to livestrong.com
i. Drinks contain 500mg of caffeine
ii. Toxic amount
iii. 14 cans of caffeinated soft drinks
d. Health issues may be felt immediately
e. Personal account felt effects first hand
i. Increased heart rate
ii. Upset stomach
f. Long-term health issues
g. According livestrong.com
iii. Weight gain
iv. Increased urination
vi. Other serious medical conditions
H. According to US National Library of Medicine
Every year the United States kills hundreds of individuals outside of the judicial system without any regard to their citizenship or nationality through drone (unmanned aerial vehicle) strikes. The United States claims that these are “targeted killings” and that they ensure the well-being of our nation. Today, I will persuade you that these claims are generally false and often result in a poorer state of security by improperly using the term targeted killing, damaging the international image of the United States, and creating major legality issues behind the killings.
Defining Targeted Killing
It is important to understand how targeted killing is defined and used in the United States before it is applied to drone strikes. Individuals are commonly killed in the United States and their aggressors often do not face legal repercussions. Usually, this results from law enforcement officials protecting the public, or citizens exercising their right to self-defense. The law enforcement agency describes that lawful targeted killings are when one is attacked with a deadly weapon, a gun is being pointed at an individual, or if someone poses an immediate threat to the safety of officers or others (People v. Hardin). Following these guidelines the definition of targeted killing should apply internationally as well. Law enforcement justifies its lethal action by classifying it as: Use of deadly force against another when the circumstances generate a fear of immediate...
A child and his mother are driving home from picking the son up from a school event in their local area. A drunken driver crosses the line, entering into the mother’s lane head on. The driver and mother survive but the child dies on scene. This is your wife and son. The drunken driver had two beers; just enough to impair his vision and slow down his motor skills. Should alcohol, a form of drug, be legal like it is?
Alcohol might be legal at the age of 21 in Texas which gives people the idea that it’s “okay” to drink but it causes several deaths a year due to the irresponsible people whom consume it.
Not only are there accidents with vehicles regarding alcohol consumption but it has been a proven fact that alcohol leads to other situations and deaths.
I. Alcohol is a depressant of the central nervous system. By consuming alcohol you are slowing down your motor skills therefore causing delayed reaction times.
A. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 65 percent of fatal drunk-driving deaths involve drivers whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .15 or higher which could easily be at least four beers depending on the persons size and gender.
1. In the State of Texas, a BAC greater than .08 is considered illegal. A criminal offense would be Driving While Intoxicated, which is a Class B misdemeanor.
2. Some states like Texas, have raised the offense degrees dealing with alcohol. If a BAC...
The PersuasiveSpeech Outline
I. Topic: City University of New York (CUNY)
General Purpose: To persuade
Specific Purpose: To persuade the class that CUNY should raise tuition.
Claim of Fact: CUNY was established in 1847 by Townsend Harris as a free academy and now encompasses eleven senior colleges, seven community colleges, The Macaulay Honors College and five graduate and professional schools, located throughout the city’s five boroughs.
CUNY is the largest public urban college in the U.S. cuny.edu states that almost half of all undergraduates in the United States are enrolled in community colleges. It is known that CUNY offers many programs for adults and even students who recently graduated from high school which make it easier to continue on their academic careers. The CUNY website also states “professionals seeking advancement and up-to-date certification; people exploring new careers and occupations; new immigrants credentialing their skills for the American workforce; adults improving their English or math proficiency to attain a High School Equivalency diploma… CUNY’s seventeen continuing education departments have 275,000 enrollees in over 1,500 programs.” This shows the amount of help CUNY offers to aid student move forward in their careers.
Reason 1: CUNY should raise tuition so that scholarships would offer more...
...STUDENT NAME/SECTION: Addie Chan - 017
1. Topic: Do Not Procrastinate
2. Circle the General Purpose of your speech: (to inform or to persuade)
3. List the Main Points that you will develop:
I. The disadvantages for procrastinating
II. The advantages for not procrastinating
4. Method of organization: Circle One Method Below
Chronological; Spatial; Topical; Cause/Effect; Problem/Cause/Solution; Problem/Solution; Comparative Advantages;
Monroe’s Motivated Sequence: [Attention, Need, Satisfaction, Visualization, Action]
5. Specify the Specific Purpose in a phrase containing: (general purpose, topic, and main points) To persuade the audience not to procrastinate in any situation
6. Write a FULLY DEVELOPED SENTENCE stating the Specific Purpose Statement of your speech (includes your specific purpose (#5 above): In order to understand why you should not procrastinate, you fist need to find out what are the disadvantages for procrastinating and what are the advantages for not procrastinating.
7. List a connective/transitional phrase that you may use to get from your Introduction to Main Point I: As you know, people do procrastinate a lot. In your opinion is it bad or good to procrastinate?
8. List a connective/transitional phrase that you may use to get from your MPI to your MPII: The disadvantages for procrastinating are that it forces you to finish your work in a hurry. You will have to stay up all...