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Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:20 am

How to Write a Persuasive Speech

by adv1 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:01 pm

One of the most popular, and most dreaded, assignments in school is the persuasive speech. In a persuasive speech, your goal is to influence others to see that your point of view is the best, most correct perspective on a given topic.

Sometimes, you will be given a topic to write your speech on, but often you will be required to choose your own topic. This is your first step—to choose your topic. If you’re feeling stuck on choosing a topic, it’s often a good idea to look through some good persuasive speech topics and choose one you’re familiar enough with to speak with authority on.

Research Your Audience
Once you have picked a topic that you understand well, you need to research your audience. What sort of viewpoints might they already have on the topic, and what preconceived notions might they have that would block them from seeing things from your point of view?

Acknowledge Those Notions
Once you have some idea of what these preconceived notions might be, you should research them and find out how to overcome them. Ignoring these obstacles is the absolute worst way to build a persuasive speech; instead, you should look for ways to prove those notions mistaken or otherwise wrong.

Write Your Speech
Once your research is complete, it is time to start writing. Yes, even though you will be giving your speech aloud, you should still write it. You can follow the same sort of outline that you would follow to write a persuasive essay, but remember that you will be giving the speech to an audience.

All of the same principles of catching your audience’s attention in the beginning to transitioning clearly from one idea to the next are just as important in speech-writing as they are when writing an essay. However, you also need to remember that the audience for a speech has less access to dictionaries and other research sources when you’re speaking to them, so be sure to keep your vocabulary intelligent but also accessible to your audience. In other words, it is probably a good idea to avoid jargon or unnecessarily long words.

Practice Your Speech
Once your speech is written, you should start practicing it in front of a mirror. This way, you can see how you look when you are giving the speech. You can also listen to what sounds awkward and what does not flow or transition well. The most important aspect of a persuasive speech is your logical flow, so make sure there are no problems with the flow of your argument. This is also the right time to check how long your speech is, and adjust as need by for the assigned length of time for your speech.

When you are practicing your speech, you can also learn what type of vocalized pauses (umm, ahh, etc.) you use, and when you use them. Work on those, and get those out of your speech.

Fine-Tune Your Introduction
Next, you will want to fine-tune your introduction. Ask yourself how well your introduction would grab your attention and what sort of first impression it would make on you. The first impression is extremely important in a persuasive speech, so you want to make sure you are giving the best first impression you can.

Edit Your Speech
Now, edit the rest of your speech. Make sure everything flows well, and you have logical transitions between ideas. Try not to add last-minute ideas, but this is the time when you can remove things that are not as important, if your speech is going over the allotted time.

More Practice
Now that you have edited your speech, you should practice it some more. If you have a group of friends you can practice with, make sure you do that so you have some experience giving your speech in front of a group. Then, go back to the mirror and practice some more. The goal is to make sure you do not have to look down at your paper the whole time you are speaking.

The Day of the Speech
The day has come, and it is time for you to give your speech. Make sure you dress the part, and dress appropriately for your audience. It may be tempting to wear a suit and tie for giving a speech, but what will your audience likely be wearing? You want to look professional, but you also do not want to look pretentious. If your audience is going to be wearing jeans and T-shirts, try going with a pair of black jeans and a collared shirt.

Above all else, be confident. You have practiced your speech, and you know your subject inside and out. Giving yourself a pep talk, reminding yourself of how hard you have worked, will help tremendously when the time comes for you to step in front of the crowd and give your speech.
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Sat Jul 19, 2014 6:28 am

Re: How to Write a Persuasive Speech

by albertwygant » Sat Jul 19, 2014 6:42 am

To write a persuasive speech you need to:
Come up with a controversial topic, one that will spawn heated debates regardless of your position.
Research the topic thoroughly. Know the pros and cons of the topic.
Understand the perspective of your audience. You should have a stronghold on how the audience views the topic that you are writing about so that you can better relate to them.
Grasp the obstacles that your audience face or have with the topic. It is through understanding these obstacles that you can tackle them.
Present your strategy for eradicating the obstacles. You must know how to diffuse the tension that surround the obstacles by having a plan for complete eradication.
Pull it all together to make a proper conclusion. The conclusion is what hooks your audience.
It is essential when writing that you take into consideration the above steps for writing a persuasive speech. If you fail to do so, you just might miss something crucial when putting together your speech.You can seek help of essay writing service for writing your persuasive speech For instance, if you have no enthusiasm or passion about your topic then more than likely your audience will not be interested in what you have to say.

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