200 Persuasive Speech Ideas

Persuasive speech ideas and smart narrowing down tactics including more than two hundred specific angles of approach for public speaking training. Review and assemble a personal short list. Do select the three you perhaps could use.

For now just make a rough inventory. Tickle your own imagination, associate and be creative.

The hooks could be turned into a twist for any assignment. Of course all below is not exhaustive.

Check for example my Minute (including sample outlined main points) or College sections on the left navbar for more fresh and creative prewritten concepts.

But there are a lot more chapters you can read or even study – containing thousands of persuasive speech ideas – you must scan in case you have to appear on wathever occasion and are obliged to come up with a sparkling speech topic to persuade!

narrowing down tactics schematic
  • Yes, even my informative paragraphs provide lots of stuff you can transform with some fantasy into persuasion material applying the contents of the figure scheme on the left…
  • Find one with a specific point of view that can stand the litmus test.
  • Which of the speech topics are you interested in?
  • Do you know something about?
  • Would you like to research and persuade your audience about?

List of 200+ Persuasive Speech Ideas

Abortion
Abuse Of The Elderly
Abused Women
Academic Dishonesty
Academic Freedom
Acid Rain
Addiction
Adoption
Affirmative Action
Afghanistan
Africa
Age Discrimination
Aging Population
Agricultural Policy
AIDS/HIV
Air Pollution
Airline Safety
Alcohol Abuse
Aliens and UFO’s
Alternative imprisonment
Alternative Medicine
American Education Reform
Amnesty
Animal Experimentation
Animal Rights
Animal Welfare
Anorexia Nervosa
Anti-Semitism
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Armed Conflicts
Arms Control
Arms Trade
Asylum
Atomic Energy
Ballot Initiatives
Battered Women
Beginning of Life Issues
Bermuda Triangle
Bigamy
Bilingual Education
Biodiversity
Biological and Chemical Weapons
Bird Flu
Birth Control
Body Piercings
Breast Feeding in Public
Bulimia
Cameras in Courtrooms
Campaign Finance Reform
Capital Punishment
Censor Hate Speech
Censorship
Chain Gangs
Child Labor
Church State Issues
City Curfews
Civil Rights
Climate Change Policy
Condoms In Schools
Creationism vs. Evolution
Cuba
Dating Campus Issues
Death Penalty
Depression
Dieting
Disabilities Act
Domestic Violence
Drug Policy
Drunk Driving
Endangered Oceans
Endangered Species
Espionage and Intelligence Gathering
Ethnic Violence
Euthenasia
Family Violence
Fat Tax On Food
Feminism
Foreign Oil Dependence
Foreign Policy
Foster Care
Fraud
Gambling
Gangs
Gay Marriage
Gay Rights
Genetic Engineering
Genetically Engineered Foods
Genocide
Global Resources
Global Warming
Government Fraud and Waste
Gun Control
Hate Crime
Health Care Policy
Home Schooling
Homeland Security
Homeless in America
Human Cloning
Immigration
Infectious Diseases
Inner City Poverty
Internet Chatrooms
Iraq
Islamic Fundamentalism
Juvenile Crime
Language Policy
Legal System
Littering
Marriage and Divorce
Media Violence
Medical Ethics
Medicinal Marijuana
Medicine Abuse
Minimum Wage
Missile Defense System
National Tobacco Settlement
Nonproliferation
Nuclear Technology
Organ Donation
Organized Crime
Peace
Physician-Assisted Suicide
Polygamy
Pornography
Poverty
Prison regime
Race Relations
Racial Profiling
Rain Forests
Recycling
Religious Right
Reproductive Technologies
Russia
School Uniforms
School Violence
Sex Education
Single Parent Families
Smoking
Social Security Reform
Social Welfare
Space Exploration
Stadium Taxes
Stem Cell Research
Tax Reform
Teen Pregnancy
Term Limits
Terrorism
Tobacco Industry
Trade with China
Transportation
US Budget
US War on Drugs
Urban Terrorism
Vaccinations
Violent Video Games
Voluntary National Testing
War Crimes
War On Drugs
Water Resources
Weapons Disarmament
Welfare Reform
Women in the Military
Women’s Rights
Working Women
World Trade

How to Narrow Down 3 Persuasive Speech Ideas?
Review your short lists and narrow your choices by answering these questions:

President Abraham Lincoln knew how to convince people
  • Do you know global, national, state, community, job or school related problems and solutions, issues or controversies, related to the persuasive speech ideas?
  • Are you excited about any historical or current events, places, processes, organizations or interesting people?
  • Do you have certain concerns, opinions, or beliefs. Do you think something has to change in the human attitude or social values?

  • What did you see or hear about the persuasive speech ideas in the news or read about them in library books? If you are reluctant and do not know at this moment, no worries sometimes the right thoughts pop up when you least expected it 🙂
  • Is there a link with personal experiences, professional or personal goals?
  • All the answers on the questions above help you to find your angle of approach for a conclusive speech. So, select a few specific angles. Those can serve as the basic main points.

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