Persuasive Speech Ideas

These penguins are persuading their friends to take a dip in the cool water... but you can persuade our class on any of the following ideas or come up with one of your own.

Remember these are broad topics so make sure you narrow your area and choose your side so that you can properly defend your position.

Also I NEVER censor speech topics HOWEVER keep in mind I want the ideas fresh, some topics are very OVER DONE - for example:

 

"smoking is bad for you" - no kidding I think we would all agree with that.

"everyone should go to college" - DUH you are preaching to the choir.

"std's are bad you should protect yourself" - well there is a new idea.

"drinking and driving could kill you or someone you love" - again no one would argue with that logic.

 

So if you are going to pick a topic make sure you approach it in a fresh and exciting way - for example:

"Barbie is a good role model"

"Smoking Cigarettes are bad for you, so smoke cigars!"

1.      same sex marriage

2.      adoption

3.      heaven and hell (careful to not preach to your audience)

4.      abortion (overdone)

5.      TV violence

6.      gun control (overdone)

7.      TV ratings

8.      internet

9.      profiling

10.    Vietnam

11.    immigrant laws

12.    exercise

13.    Ford vehicles

14.    cloning

15.    breast feeding

16.    bilingual education

17.    voting

18.    red light cameras

19.    salary caps for athletes

20.    vegetarian lifestyle

21.    organ donation

22.    morning after pill

23.    school dress codes

24.    school standards

25.    second hand smoke (overdone)

26.    pit bulls

27.    natural family planning

28.    spay or neuter pets

29.    divorce

30.    doctor assisted suicide

31.    sex education

32.    Miss American pageant

33.    women's rights

34.    Suv's

35.    Indian gaming

36.    capital punishment (overdone)

37.    drunk driving laws

38.    legalizing marijuana

39.    affirmative action

40.     title IX

41.    reverse discrimination

42.    women in combat

43.    gays in the military

44.    drug testing on the job

45.    steroids

46.    boycott certain products

47.    donate blood

48.    welfare reform

49.    cell phones in cars

50.    no soda in schools

51.    organic foods

52.    change drinking age

53.    change voting age

54.    spanking children

55.    socialized medicine

56.    no more fraternities

57.    premarital sex

58.    living together

59.    public transportation

60.    women ministers

61.     women in politics

62.    more or less military

63.    censorship of prime time shows

64.    Alcoholics Anonymous

65.    sexism in advertising

66.    online classes

67.    scholarships for athletes

68.    see a live play

69.    go to the museum

70.    read a classic book

71.    take a specific class on campus

72.    price of textbooks

73.    parking on campus

74.    cost of tuition

75.    censorship of songs on the radio

76.    free speech area on campus

77.    arranged marriages

78.    personal ads

79.    the zoo

80.    breakfast

81.    best movie ever

82.    best sit com ever

83.    best sports team ever

84.    disneyland or disney world

85.    big time wrestling

86.    reality tv

87.    animal testing

88.    prison system

89.    surrogate mothers   

90.    over population

91.    deforestation

92.    partial birth abortions

93.    STD's (overdone)

94.    Mac or PC's

95.    Spam

96.    Space exploration

97.    FCC regulations

98.    Grass or artificial turf

99.    South Park

100.  Athletic scholarships

101.  Danfur

102. Armenian Genocide

103. Adopt an animal

104. Purchase land on the moon

105. Go Green

106. Abolish the BCS

107. Dying your hair

108. Join the Peace Corp

109. Hate Crimes

110. Mandatory drug testing

111. SAT (or standardized testing)

112. street racing

113. plastic surgery

114. skateboard parks

115. hunting

116. Heavy metal

117. Country Music

118. English as our official language

119. paparazzi

120. learn a foreign language

121. take in a foreign exchange student

122. minimum wage

123. fireplaces

124. bar-b-ques

125. dogs in cars

126. Eat dinner as a family

127. calories on menus

128. Starbucks

129. Wal Mart

130. women in media or men in media

131. cultures in media

132. Tibet

133. Presidential or campaign ads

134. UC vs CSU

135. alternative fuel

136. off shore drilling

137. homeschooling

138. extreme fighting

139. homeless

140. abstinence

141. organized sports

142. bed and breakfast

143. burial vs cremation

144. daylight savings

145. stockmarket

146. Political parties

147. solar panels

148. speed limits

149. mechanical check out at stores

150. outsourcing

 

 

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