Good Topics for a Persuasive Speech
By Jesse Lanclos, eHow Contributor List of 200+ Persuasive Speech Ideas Find a persuasive speech topic idea with a specific point of view. How?
; Which of the speech topics are you interested in?
; Do you know something about?
; Would you like to research and persuade your audience about?
Abortion Civil Rights
Abuse Of The Elderly Climate Change Policy
Abused Women Condoms In Schools
Academic Dishonesty Creationism vs. Evolution Academic Freedom Cuba
Acid Rain Dating Campus Issues
Addiction Death Penalty
Affirmative Action Dieting
Afghanistan Disabilities Act
Africa Domestic ViolenceDrug Policy Age Discrimination Drunk Driving
Aging Population Endangered Oceans
Agricultural Policy Endangered Species
AIDS/HIV Espionage and Intelligence Gathering Air Pollution Ethnic Violence
Airline Safety Euthenasia
Alcohol Abuse Family Violence
Aliens and UFO's Fat Tax On Food
Alternative imprisonment Feminism
Alternative Medicine Foreign Oil Dependence American Education Reform Foreign Policy
Amnesty Foster Care
Animal Experimentation Fraud
Animal Rights Gambling
Animal Welfare Gangs
Anorexia Nervosa Gay Marriage
Anti-Semitism Gay Rights
Arab-Israeli Conflict Genetic Engineering Armed Conflicts Genetically Engineered Foods Arms Control Genocide
Government Fraud and Waste Arms Trade Gun Control Asylum Hate Crime Atomic Energy Health Care Policy Ballot Initiatives Home Schooling Battered Women Homeland Security Beginning of Life Issues Homeless in America Bermuda Triangle Human Cloning Bigamy Immigration Bilingual Education Infectious Diseases Biodiversity Inner City Poverty Biological and Chemical Internet Chatrooms Weapons Iraq
Bird Flu Islamic Fundamentalism Birth Control Juvenile Crime Body Piercings Language Policy Breast Feeding in Public Legal System Bulimia Littering
Cameras in Courtrooms Marriage and Divorce Campaign Finance Reform Media Violence Capital Punishment Medical Ethics Censor Hate Speech Medicinal Marijuana Censorship Medicine Abuse Chain Gangs Minimum Wage Child Labor Missile Defense System Church State Issues National Tobacco Settlement City Curfews Nonproliferation
Reproductive Technologies Russia
Single Parent Families Smoking
Social Security Reform Social Welfare
Space Exploration Stadium Taxes
Stem Cell Research Tax Reform
Trade with China
US War on Drugs
Violent Video Games Voluntary National Testing War Crimes
War On Drugs
Weapons Disarmament Welfare Reform
Women in the Military Women's Rights
Narrow Down 3 Persuasive Speech Ideas
Review your short list of persuasion ideas and narrow your choices by
answering these questions:
; Do you know global, national, state, community, job or school
related problems and solutions, issues or controversies, related
to the persuasive speech ideas?
; Historical or current events, places, processes, organizations or
; Concerns, opinions, beliefs, attitudes or values?
; What did you see about the persuasive speech ideas in the news
or read about them in library books?
; Is there a link with personal experiences, professional or
All the answers on the questions above help you to find your angle of approach for a persuasive speech. So, select a few specific angles. Those can serve as the basic main points of your persuasive speech ideas.
Public speaking is a terrifying assignment for many people. A persuasive speech can be one of the most challenging types of speeches to deliver. For a persuasive speech to be effective, you must convince the audience to feel the same way about a subject as you do.
The Importance of Topic Selection
1. To deliver a persuasive speech that leaves a lasting
impression, you must choose a topic about which you feel
passionate. Your audience must gain something of value
by seeing things from your perspective. Consider these possible topics as prompts to get you thinking about the perfect persuasive speech topic.
2. The most effective persuasive speech topics cause your audience to think deeply about something they care about. Politics can be a challenging arena for persuading your audience to think differently. This is because many people are deeply entrenched in their own political ideologies. If you choose a topic carefully, however, your passion and enthusiasm could leave a lasting impression on your audience.
Hot-button political issues could get you into trouble. This is especially true if you are giving the speech for a class grade. This doesn't mean, however, that politics is off-limits. Convince your audience about the importance of getting involved in the political process. Defend the U.S. Constitution. Argue against political corruption. Urge your audience to demand that journalists report the news
accurately and without bias. Argue against censorship. Politics can fuel a powerful persuasive speech. Health
3. Another topic that might be important to your audience is health. Consider how you can persuade your
listeners to begin an exercise program. Urge them to
embrace healthier eating habits. Convince your audience to contribute to a charity that promotes research to cure cancer. Warn your audience against unhealthy behaviors that rob people of their vitality and quality of life. Education
4. Education is another passionate subject for many of your listeners. Convince your audience that home schooling is a positive, or negative, way to educate their children. Warn your listeners about the impact of illiteracy, and show them how to get involved to stop it. Explain the benefits of school choice. Argue for rules that promote school bus safety. Present a plan to control the costs of a college education.
5. Another powerful approach is to convince your audience to think about their level of service to others. Argue for a mandatory community service requirement. Urge your listeners to donate time and money to those who are less fortunate. If you are passionate about the work of a specific charitable organization, convince your listeners to get involved. If you convince your listeners to think of others and take action, you have a great chance of leaving a lasting impact with your presentation.