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persuasive speech examplesIf you have been assigned a persuasive speech, lucky you!  This might not seem like your idea of a fun time, but getting to give a persuasive speech can actually be one of the more interesting parts of the school year.  Being persuasive really just means getting people to see things your way.  With that in mind, I would encourage you to take some time to think about what aspects of your life mean a lot to you.  If you can throw yourself into a topic you have a lot of personal interest in, you are more likely to be successfully persuasive.

Some of the more abstract topics like political views might be popular, but your speech could come off sounding hollow or disingenuous, if you don’t really care or have much interest in them.  It’s better to get a hold of a topic you can really identify with, and bring your audience around to agreeing with your opinions.  Let’s take a look at some possible topic ideas:

Employment for Young People

Employment is one of the biggest responsibilities you will ever have, and many high school students are just beginning to find that out.  Do you have any personal experiences that you can bring to the table to help build a clear and strong argument?  Did you find the job search to be especially difficult because of your age?  Is there any aspect of employment that you feel could be improved?  A few sample topics are below:

Changes to the School Environment

Whether you are in high school, technical school or college, you are spending much of your time in classes.  How those classes are run effects your day a great deal.  There are probably some changes you can think of which would make your life easier.  Are there any rules in school which seem particularly unfair?  Are there parts of school which might benefit from better rules?  Some examples of persuasive arguments might include:

Changes to Age Requirements

One of the most frustrating things for a young person to run into is being told that you can not access or participate in something because you do not meet the age requirement.  If you can come up with a good, persuasive argument as to why these restrictions should be changed, you may get some people thinking.  Some possible topics in this area include:

Pop Culture Topics

A lot of the media we are exposed to, and consume on a daily basis can have a big effect on high school and college students.  Advertisers are aware that teens and twenty somethings are spending money, working job, and participating in society as much as older generations are.  For that reason, there may be an aspect of today’s culture that has you thinking.  Is there anything you would like to change?  Is there an issue you want to persuade your classmates to get involved in?  This is a pretty broad area to choose from, and a few ideas might include:

Financial Topics

Finances are important to everyone, and that goes for high school and college students too.  Since Many of your classmates are likely new to handling their own money, any insight you have could be very valuable.  You might consider giving a speech on:

Best of luck to your speech or presentation!

Page Last Updated: February 2020

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