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SPCH 1311 - Forrest: Persuasive


I. Introduction

     A. Gain audience attention

     B. Relate to audience

     C. Main purpose-Statement of problem

     D. Preview of first main idea

     E. Preview of second main idea

II. Body

      A. First main idea

         1. Support

         2. Support

     B. Second main idea


         1. Support

         2. Support

III. Conclusion

       A. Problem restated

       B. Summary of main ideas

       C. Closing remarks

           1. Challenge audience

           2. Ask for Action

What is a Persuasive Speech?

Cartoon depicting Mark Twain lecturing

The purpose of a persuasive speech is have the audience take action on an idea or issue, accept or strengthen a belief or change a point of view. The message generally includes information that serves a background for main reason of the speech.


  • Obesity
  • Eating disorders
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Education
  • Death penalty
  • Gun control
  • Terrorism
  • Health insurance
  • Abortion
  • Sex abuse
  • Cultural diversity
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