554 Good Persuasive Speech Topics

Below you will find some persuasive speech topic ideas for college students . Use this list as a last resort: you are much more likely to be successful when you choose a topic that genuinely interests you, rather than merely picking one from a list. Talking about something you know well aslo makes it easy. Keep your audience and time limits in mind, as well. Below you will find

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  1. General education classes
  2. United Nations
  3. Coke vs. Pepsi
  4. Eating fast-food
  5. Voting
  6. Why you should become an organ donor
  7. Blood donation
  8. Stem-cell research: pros and cons
  9. Educational costs
  10. Lowering the drinking age
  11. Immigration
  12. Legalizing gambling
  13. Legalizing marijuana / Medicinal Marijuana
  14. Legalizing prostitution
  15. Smoking in public / Cigar smoking in public
  16. Public displays of affection
  17. Prayer in schools
  18. Seat belt laws
  19. Boxers vs. briefs
  20. Mandatory retirement ages
  21. Social security
  22. Speed limits
  23. Bar closing hours
  24. Smoking
  25. Airport security / Airline Safety
  26. Open source code
  27. Ritalin
  28. Media bias
  29. Gun control
  30. Hunting
  31. Oil drilling in Alaska
  32. Alternative fuels
  33. Vegetarianism
  34. Wearing fur
  35. Animal testing
  36. Sports teams named after ethnic groups
  37. Paying college athletes: should they be paid for playing?
  38. Importance of volunteering
  39. Speaking English in America
  40. Taking care of your teeth
  41. Privacy rights
  42. Advertising
  43. Cosmetic surgery
  44. Wal-Mart
  45. Internet dating
  46. Having pets spayed/neutered
  47. Liberal arts majors
  48. School uniforms
  49. Term limits
  50. Academic fraud / dishonesty
  51. Academic Freedom
  52. College class attendance-taking
  53. Nuclear arms / Nuclear power / Nuclear Deterrence / Nuclear Technology
  54. Microsoft
  55. Cost of prescription drugs
  56. Parental pressure on child actors and athletes
  57. Living wills
  58. Assisted suicide
  59. Public funding of sports stadiums
  60. Cell phones in public
  61. Personal hygiene
  62. Factory farms
  63. Organic farming
  64. Zoning laws
  65. Over-development
  66. Over-population
  67. Toll roads
  68. State vehicle inspection
  69. Title IX in sports
  70. Landfills
  71. Frivolous lawsuits
  72. Animal trapping
  73. Mandatory sentencing
  74. Littering
  75. Crying babies in public
  76. School breakfast programs
  77. Internet gambling
  78. NAFTA
  79. Ford vs. Chevy
  80. SUV’s
  81. Affirmative Action
  82. TV ratings
  83. Corporate corruption
  84. Prison over-population
  85. Education in prisons
  86. Drinking more water
  87. E-mail SPAM
  88. Video games and children
  89. Revisionist history
  90. NC-17 movies
  91. The SAT’s
  92. Women’s rights
  93. Children divorcing their parents
  94. Adoption
  95. Reservation casinos
  96. Smog
  97. Minimum wage
  98. Labor unions
  99. The IRS
  100. Socialized medicine
  101. Community College vs. Four Year College
  102. Military spending
  103. Cloning
  104. The War in Iraq
  105. Recycling
  106. Drinking and driving
  107. Ebonics
  108. Food additives
  109. Presidential pardons
  110. Are UFO’s real?
  111. Are ghosts real?
  112. Hooters
  113. Polygamy
  114. Paparazzi
  115. Steroid use
  116. Homosexuals in the military
  117. Artificial insemination
  118. Eating veal (red meat, pork, etc.)
  119. Medicare reform
  120. Gay Marriage
  121. Evolution
  122. Pledge of Allegiance
  123. Government funding of Amtrak
  124. Why we should get proper sleep
  125. Tenure for professors
  126. National Endowment for the Arts
  127. Juveniles getting adult jail sentences
  128. The “insanity defense”
  129. Wearing bike helmets
  130. Influences of rock music on children
  131. Child abuse
  132. Abuse of the elderly
  133. Women Abuse
  134. Police corruption
  135. Donating money to charity
  136. Is NASCAR a sport?
  137. Deadbeat dads
  138. Stay at home moms
  139. Breast feeding
  140. Emminent domain
  141. Chewing tobacco
  142. Drug abuse
  143. Medicine Abuse
  144. Censorship on the radio
  145. Cryogenics
  146. The homeless
  147. Is Astrology real?
  148. Buying products that are made in the USA
  149. Tipping
  150. Cable TV monopolies
  151. Political correctness
  152. Street gangs
  153. Graffiti
  154. Inflation
  155. Private schools
  156. Media agenda-setting
  157. Curfews
  158. Becoming foster parents
  159. Brand name products vs. Generics
  160. Should pro athletes make less?
  161. NASA funding
  162. France boycott
  163. Fire safety
  164. Learn CPR
  165. Shop at small stores
  166. Darfur
  167. Cats vs. Dogs
  168. Family sizes
  169. Musical censorship
  170. Minority scholarships
  171. Textbook prices
  172. Women’s pay rates
  173. Eat more chocolate
  174. Drink more orange juice
  175. Watch the news / Don’t watch the news
  176. Drive slower
  177. Best movie ever
  178. Travel more
  179. Martin Luther King Day
  180. Are angels real?
  181. Read more
  182. Stomach stapling
  183. Radar detectors
  184. Fishing regulations
  185. Using public transportation
  186. Watching less TV
  187. Binge drinking
  188. Live life to it’s fullest
  189. Family values
  190. Military recruiting
  191. Children and violent toys
  192. Marriage ages / Age of consent
  193. Eliminate pennies
  194. No tight pants
  195. Men should wear pink
  196. Make TV more educational
  197. Meghan’s Law
  198. Medical research funding
  199. Downloading/copying copyrighted materials
  200. Ticketmaster
  201. Women should propose marriage
  202. Keep public bathrooms clean
  203. Public television/radio
  204. Buy security alarms
  205. Shock therapy
  206. Different political systems
  207. Illegal aliens
  208. Artificial hormones in food
  209. Global warming
  210. Don’t take education for granted
  211. Home schooling
  212. School choice
  213. Be true to yourself
  214. Save your money
  215. Cherish your friends
  216. Road rage
  217. Secondhand smoke
  218. Healthcare crisis
  219. Prison alternatives
  220. Child labor
  221. Religious cults
  222. Importance of sports
  223. Pitbulls
  224. Pesticides
  225. Reincarnation
  226. Columbus Day
  227. Greek system
  228. Video game addiction
  229. Ephedra
  230. School security
  231. Sharing the road with bikes
  232. Fixing potholes
  233. Watch out for animals when driving
  234. State lotteries
  235. Advertising standards
  236. Fireworks
  237. Bachelor/bachelorette parties
  238. Internet standards
  239. Listen to your parents
  240. Take a year off from school
  241. Why Disney should not be making Star Wars movies
  242. How does Puppy Mills affect us?
  243. Why you should / should not buy an iPhone
  244. Impact of oil spills in oceans
  245. Living off campus vs living on campus
  246. Do magazines marketed for teenagers send the wrong message?
  247. Improving time management
  248. Birth control pills
  249. Impact of social networks in our daily life
  250. Every American should learn to speak Spanish.
  251. Every American should learn to speak English.
  252. Country life is better than city life.
  253. Life is better now than it was 50 years ago.

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  1. Internet fraud
  2. Self esteem
  3. Homeless people in the USA
  4. Terrorism
  5. Diet pills are bad for your health
  6. Acid Rain
  7. Afghanistan
  8. Africa
  9. China will be the next superpower
  10. Homeopathic treatments: cure or hoax
  11. Safety and crime
  12. End of the world
  13. Fast food as a reason of obesity in the USA
  14. Mind games in modern advertising
  15. How bullying changes who you are
  16. Future of our world
  17. Future of social networks
  18. Future of Internet
  19. Abortion
  20. Animal captivity
  21. Electronics are making kids lazy
  22. Why it’s wrong for commercial and mass media to promote a specific beauty standard like one body shape, long hair, thin, tall, etc
  23. Prisoners should not allowed to vote
  24. Chemistry is not science
  25. Swimming is not purely a water sport
  26. Pigeons should be on the protected animals list
  27. Drunk-driving laws don’t seem to be working
  28. More people should car-pool or use public transportation
  29. Wearing seat belts ensures all passengers of a safer ride
  30. People are morally obligated to help the poor
  31. Fairy tales are good for young children
  32. Recycling is just a fad
  33. Texting while driving
  34. Teen Suicide
  35. How would you support English being the official language of the USA?
  36. Should the state execute dogs that have bitten someone?
  37. Why you should own a horse
  38. Music Censorship
  39. A particular cultural ingredient is of paramount importance in making people who they are
  40. How to laugh every day
  41. Why should alcohol be Illegal
  42. Why is the media to blame for eating disorders
  43. Are men better drivers than women?
  44. The state government should provide shelter for the homeless
  45. Why are zoos bad
  46. Media does not force us to worship false icons
  47. Printing photos instead of keeping them on a computer
  48. Benefits of having pets at home
  49. Drug advertisements should be prohibited
  50. What would be a good made-up holiday?
  51. Should we get the day off on our birthday?
  52. Teachers would have an extra day to plan their lesson
  53. Should we get longer holidays?
  54. Should children have homework?
  55. Why toddlers and tiaras should be banned
  56. Public display of affection
  57. Aging Population
  58. AIDS/HIV
  59. Air Pollution
  60. Alternative imprisonment
  61. Alternative Medicine
  62. Amnesty
  63. Anorexia
  64. Anti-Semitism
  65. Arab-Israeli Conflict
  66. Armed Conflicts
  67. Condoms In Schools
  68. Creationism vs. Evolution
  69. Dating Campus Issues
  70. Depression
  71. Dieting
  72. Endangered Oceans
  73. Endangered Species
  74. Espionage and Intelligence Gathering
  75. Ethnic Violence
  76. Family Violence / Domestic Violence
  77. Fat Tax On Food
  78. Feminism
  79. Foreign Oil Dependence
  80. Foster Care
  81. Genetic Engineering
  82. Genetically Engineered Foods
  83. Genocide
  84. Global Resources
  85. Government Fraud and Waste
  86. Racial Profiling
  87. Rain Forests
  88. Religious Right
  89. Reproductive Technologies
  90. Russia
  91. School Violence
  92. Single Parent Families
  93. Social Welfare
  94. Space Exploration
  95. Stadium Taxes
  96. Teen Pregnancy
  97. Tobacco Industry
  98. Trade with China
  99. US Budget
  100. Urban Terrorism
  101. Vaccinations
  102. Violent Video Games
  103. Voluntary National Testing
  104. War Crimes
  105. War On Drugs
  106. Water Resources / Save water / Water conservation
  107. Weapons Disarmament
  108. Women in the Military
  109. Hate Crime
  110. Homeland Security
  111. Infectious Diseases
  112. Inner City Poverty
  113. Internet Chat rooms
  114. Impact of Internet on Society
  115. Islamic Fundamentalism
  116. Juvenile Crime
  117. Marriage and Divorce
  118. Media Violence
  119. Medical Ethics
  120. Missile Defence System
  121. Nonproliferation
  122. Organized Crime
  123. Pornography
  124. Poverty
  125. Importance of office parties
  126. Positives and negatives sides of social parties
  127. Prison regime
  128. Race Relations
  129. Working Women World Trade
  130. Accelerated learning
  131. Accidents
  132. Adult training
  133. Alcoholics Anonymous
  134. Alternative Education
  135. Athletics in schools
  136. Attitude
  137. Audience
  138. Automobiles
  139. Awards & recognition
  140. Bad Habits
  141. Basic Camping Skills
  142. Basic Survival Skills
  143. Beauty
  144. Blue collar vs. white collar status
  145. Board of directors
  146. Body clock
  147. Body language / gestures
  148. Books
  149. Braces
  150. Bulletin Board
  151. Capitalism
  152. Censorship
  153. Chairman
  154. Christmas
  155. Classroom training
  156. Club executive
  157. Coaching
  158. Computer literacy
  159. Cooking
  160. Crafts
  161. Creativity
  162. Credibility
  163. Crime & Law
  164. Daredevils
  165. Decisions and consequences
  166. Difficult people
  167. Discipline
  168. Discovering one’s self
  169. Diversity
  170. Dreams
  171. Dress for Success
  172. Dynamic members
  173. Effective communication
  174. Electronic communication
  175. Embarrassing moments
  176. Empathy
  177. Employment opportunities
  178. Empowerment
  179. Engagements
  180. Enthusiasm
  181. Entrepreneurship
  182. Pollution
  183. Exercise / Fitness
  184. Expectations
  185. Extracurricular activities
  186. Eye Contact
  187. Facilitating
  188. Family success
  189. Family tree
  190. Fashion
  191. Federal Government and education
  192. Financial Assistance for students
  193. Free Trade Agreement
  194. Friends (or enemies)
  195. Garage Sales
  196. Garbage
  197. Gardening
  198. Glasses & contact lenses
  199. Goals
  200. Grades and grading
  201. Hand writing
  202. History of a particular science
  203. Hockey
  204. Horse racing
  205. House cleaning
  206. How technology has changed / will change our lives
  207. Human Rights
  208. Humor
  209. Ideal society
  210. Illiteracy (Innumeracy)
  211. Job search
  212. Jury duty
  213. Kissing
  214. Leadership
  215. Life cycle
  216. Logic & emotions
  217. Management of change
  218. Managing stress / avoiding Burn Out
  219. Manners
  220. Massage
  221. Mistakes happen
  222. Motivation
  223. Mutual trust
  224. Negotiate
  225. Niche Marketing
  226. Nutrition
  227. Paperless society
  228. Parliamentary procedures
  229. Personal efficiency
  230. Personal growth
  231. Positive thinking
  232. Ordinary Postal Service vs Emailing
  233. Potential
  234. Presentation skills
  235. President
  236. Problem solving skills
  237. Procrastination / Productivity
  238. Propaganda abroad and at home
  239. Publicity
  240. Pure vs. Applied research
  241. Questions & Answers
  242. Quotes/ famous sayings
  243. Recent advances in sciences
  244. Red Cross
  245. Romance
  246. Running a business
  247. Safety at home and at school
  248. Secrets of power presentations
  249. Self confidence
  250. Self image
  251. Self talk
  252. Signs & symbols
  253. Spirituality versus Religion
  254. Spring fever
  255. Star Trek
  256. Stars
  257. Success
  258. Taxation
  259. Team building
  260. Teamwork
  261. The environment
  262. The press
  263. The role of religion
  264. Fait in Got
  265. The secret of happiness
  266. Turning weakness to strength
  267. Unemployment
  268. Vacation
  269. Violence on television
  270. Wealth
  271. Wild animals
  272. Yachts & boating
  273. Yoga
  274. Zodiac
  275. Zoology
  276. Euthanasia could decrease suicide rates.
  277. War can solve world hunger.
  278. The moon landing was a fraud. America just wanted to piss on the Soviets.
  279. High School football programs should receive a lower budget.
  280. Google and other search engines will be the death of libraries.
  281. Mars was the same as Earth in the past.
  282. Did the US army provide their soldiers with drugs during the Vietnam War?
  283. Everything happens for a reason.
  284. Why shouldn’t you work too hard when you’re diabetic?
  285. Should the state fund schools run by particular faiths?
  286. Are beauty contests harmful?
  287. Should doctors be allowed to prescribe contraception for girls under the age of 16?
  288. Should flag burning as a form of protest be prohibited?
  289. Should the state be fully privatized?
  290. Should ‘factory farming’ be banned?
  291. Should mothers stay at home to raise their children?
  292. Too much money is a bad thing.
  293. We shouldn’t have to pay for Internet access.
  294. The school year should be longer.
  295. Students should be allowed to pray in school.
  296. MP3 music should be free.
  297. We should all grow our own vegetables.
  298. Textbooks should be free.
  299. Celebrities should have more privacy rights.
  300. Boxing should have tighter rules.
  301. The importance of higher education.

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