In a persuasive speech, your aim is to influence the thinking or behavior of listeners. You can do this in several ways.
Inspire: You want to inspire excitement in your audience about your topic or reinforce their existing ideas and beliefs.
Convince: You want to change audience members’ opinions or persuade them to develop the same opinion you have.
Call to action: You want listeners to take some type of action after hearing your speech, such as buy a product, try an activity or volunteer with an organization.
One key to making a powerful argument is knowing your topic well. Keep these suggestions in mind:
- Research the issue thoroughly
- Be prepared to support your position with evidence from credible sources
- Look at different perspectives surrounding the issue
- Know your goal
Language is important too. Include strong, descriptive phrasing whenever possible. The words you use have an impact on your audience.