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5 Persuasive Speech Ideas

Persuasive speech ideas can come from any topic, any subject, and any area of expertise.

In other words, pick any topic, and chances are you'll want to have at least some elements of persuasiveness in your speech because a natural part of public speaking includes persuading people to see things from your perspective or to take some kind of action.

That being said, the sky's the limit when it comes to persuasive speech ideas - and if you want to know how to persuade people when you speak, be sure to read my article on how to create a persuasive speech.

Here are 5 persuasive speech ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

1. Donate To Charity:

This is an inherently persuasive speech topic. As you describe the plight of the less fortunate that your favorite charity helps, that tugs at the heartstrings of your audience.

Showing pictures and videos using slides or a PowerPoint presentation will make a big impact and accentuate the need to donate.

Integrity demands that you actually do care about this charity and that it's a cause near and dear to you.

2. Buy Your Product:

Many people operate a small business that sells products and public speaking is the perfect way to promote your business and sell your product.

To persuade people to buy your product, focus more on what your product can do for people, and less on how great your product is.

In other words, focus on selling by highlighting benefits, not features.

3. Make An Appointment:

The solo-license professional such as real estate professionals, insurance agents, chiropractors and so forth can persuade people to want to do business with them through public speaking engagements, seminars, and introductory educational workshops.

Just like #2 above, focus on what you can do for people and how you can benefit them because that's more persuasive than talking about your education or achievements.

4. Take Up Your Cause:

Maybe you want to make a change in your local school system.

Maybe you want to relocate the proposed city dump that would be in your backyard.

Maybe you want the airport to not change the landing path of airplanes to be over your neighborhood.

Rallying people around a common cause important to all is a very persuasive speech idea.

5. Join Your Club:

Or join your organization - going out and doing speaking engagements to garner memberships is a terrific idea, and it's very effective.

Just like #2 and #3 above, focus heavily on the benefits of being a member of your organization, and lightly on how great your organization is, how long it's been around, etc.


In reality, persuasive speech ideas are only limited to your imagination. Be sure to read my article on the factors and elements that enhance your ability to persuade people when you speak - here a link to my article how to create a persuasive speech:

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