Everyone has the need to express themselves in some form or another, whether artistically, verbally or through writing. However, while there are various ways of communicating thoughts and ideas, the most important method is most definitely through verbal communication. The problem is that many people find verbal communication, especially when it comes to speeches, very disconcerting. This is even more true when it comes to a persuasive speech. Giving a speech is difficult enough, but combine that with a speech that hinges on convincing an audience to see a certain point of view or to be more receptive to a specific idea and it’s easy to understand why the thought of making a speech is terrifying to some people.
This site is designed to help you with making a public speech: from selecting a topic, to writing and delivering – feel free to browse to find great ideas and tips.
Find a list of informative speech topics. Be sure to analyze your audience and time limit before selecting a topic. These topics can be used as they are, or you might have to make them more precise to suit the situation (available time, class requirements, etc.).
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Find some ideas for good persuasive speech topics. Use this list as a last resort, student speeches are almost always more successful when the student chooses a topic that genuinely interests them, rather than merely picking one from a list. Keep your audience and time limits in mind, as well.
An argumentative speech is a persuasive speech in which the speaker attempts to persuade his audience to alter their viewpoints on a controversial issue. While a persuasive speech may be aimed more at sharing a viewpoint and asking the audience to consider it, an argumentative speech aims to radically change the opinions already held by the audience. This type of speech is extremely challenging; therefore, the speaker should be careful to choose a topic which he feels prepared to reinforce with a strong argument.
There are a number of social situations in which you might find yourself asked to make a speech. This page examines some of those situations and offers some advice on how to handle them.