Persuasive Speech Examples

Persuasive speeches are the best way to nurture and develop the public speaking skills of your students. Read this article for some great topics.
EduZenith Staff
Last Updated: May 5, 2018
Public speaking is not as easy as it seems. While some people may have a natural knack of addressing an audience, some may shy away from it. The best, and in fact, the only way to get someone to overcome this public speaking anxiety is to make them face it. Yes, facing fears is the only way of getting rid of them. And to get rid of stage fright, organize a speech competition for your students. You can ask them to choose from a wide range of topics that they can pick up from almost anywhere and anything around them. This EduZenith article will focus on one particular type of speech topics, namely persuasive speech topics. We'll explain about how to go about writing one and also give you a list of some good topics that they can opt for their speech.

An Outline

Given below is the most fundamental approach that can be taken towards writing and delivering a well rehearsed persuasive speech. Just go through the pointers given below, pay good attention to the, so that you know how to start, how to research, how to end and of course, how to actually go about delivering it. This will make things easier and give you a better idea of what your speech should be like. Have a look.

Introduction: Begin by introducing yourself to the audience present, expressly addressing the important people like the guest of honor and the members of the jury. Then introduce your topic, stating the title. Begin with a brief introduction of the speech topics and why you chose it. Also, since it is a persuasive speech, you have to take a stand on the topic. So mention which side of the debate you'll be a part of.

Body: In the body, you have to delve really deep into the topic that you have chosen. Explain why you're taking the stand that you are. Use recent happenings, news stories, surveys, facts and figures, etc. to justify your point of view. You can also use a personal experience or an experience of someone you may know. Though every part is almost equally important, this portion of your speech has to be really convincing, because, a persuasive speech had to 'persuade' the listener to change his opinion and to listen, understand and finally believe what you're telling them. So much so, that they decide to change their line of thought and follow yours. How do you think major politicians get elected? They have the ability to convince people that what they say is true and what they is the only thing to be believed.

Conclusion: Now, you're nearing the end of your speech. You have the audience gripped. But you need to leave a powerful impression. For this you need to have a strong conclusion, which makes the right use of firm and effective language. And when spoken with the right amount of passion and the right intonation, this will have a lingering effect in the minds of the audience.

Speech Topics

Here are some interesting topics for you to give your college or high school students to prepare a good speech on. And if you are a student yourself, then you can go through this list and check out the topics that interest you, research them thoroughly, take a stand on the topic and then prepare for your speech.
  1. Stem-cell Research: pros and cons
  2. Public display of affection: good or bad
  3. Abortion: a way out or a necessary measure
  4. Capital punishment: too harsh a punishment or an easy end
  5. The ill effects of underage drinking
  6. Teenage pregnancy and its glamorization
  7. Smoking and its effects on everyone around
  8. Vegetarianism vs Non-vegetarianism
  9. Legalizing marijuana
  10. Compulsory retirement
  11. Are television and Internet - the new parents?
  12. Animals in Zoos - Right or Wrong
  13. Privacy Laws
  14. Terrorism
  15. Beauty pageants for kids: a childhood lost
  16. Contraceptives for underage girls
  17. Gender Discrimination
  18. Gay marriages
  19. Sex education in schools: overhyped or undermined?
  20. Hunting and Poaching
  21. How to Deal with Juvenile Crime
  22. The necessity of HIV/AIDS awareness
  23. Animal testing: how ethical is it?
  24. Eating disorders being taken lightly
  25. Marriage and divorce: fast becoming a mere legal document
  26. Euthanasia
  27. The problem of illegal immigration and how to tackle its
  28. Blood Donation: How Safe Is It?
  29. School Uniforms: Necessary or Not?
  30. Religion and prayer
  31. Media and Its Effects on Children
  32. Junk food
  33. The importance of regular physical exercise
  34. Infidelity: is it pardonable?
  35. Use of fur and animal skin in clothes
  36. Security at public places: a necessary inconvenience
  37. Why do we vote?
  38. Prostitution
  39. Trial by the media
  40. Dating via Internet
  41. Drug abuse: prescription and others
  42. Peace: a dream
  43. Is polygamy OK?
  44. Racial discrimination
  45. Nuclear disarmament
These were some topics that you can give your students and see which ones they'll be comfortable writing about. Or let them write on any other topic that they feel passionately about. The more the passion, the more they'll be comfortable writing. And with a high comfort level, their confidence to speak in front of an audience will definitely increase.