Unique Persuasive Speech Topics

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Unique Persuasive Speech Topics
Persuasive speeches attempt to change a viewpoint. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A persuasive speech attempts to convince listeners of the speaker's point of view and change opinions, typically about a controversial issue. Speeches can sometimes urge people to action and even get them to join a cause. Public speaking gives students confidence in their oral presentation skills and helps prepare them for a number of fields. Using government data and statistics also helps make speeches more convincing.


Unique persuasive speech topics about health can focus on healthy living and patient care. Speakers can persuade audiences about the benefits of exercising, losing weight, getting a trainer and eating healthy to decrease diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity. Regarding patient care, speeches can persuade audiences about rights to conduct stem cell research, have an abortion, allow physician suicide and choose the sex of a baby. They can also focus on the religious and ethical aspects of these issues and attempt to persuade audiences why doing any of these acts is morally wrong.


Speeches about the environment can persuade people to become environmentally friendly and focus on legislation that affects the environment. They can persuade people to recycle, walk instead of drive, use public transportation and use solar energy resources such as solar, wind and hydroelectric power. Speakers can also address buying and using products made from recycled products. Persuasive speeches can also centre on the legislation surrounding the environment such as allowing to drill offshore for oil, protecting endangered animals and forcing companies to make changes to fight global warming. To the contrary, persuasive speeches can also address how this type of legislation decreases jobs and causes higher prices for consumers.

Social Issues

Persuasive speeches about social issues include the war on drugs, homelessness and capital punishment. Speakers can persuade audiences to fight for more government funding to fight the war on drugs for police officers, drug counsellors and legislation for tougher penalties for those who break the law. Persuading audiences why the government should fund more programs to help the homeless can also make a great speech. Topics can also include persuading audiences why capital punishment promotes justice. On the opposite end, speakers can persuade audiences why it's ethically and morally wrong. Persuasive speeches on social issues often work best when people have personal experience with an issue where they overcame an obstacle.


Persuasive topics about education can focus on alternative education and education reform. Speakers can use media and statistical resources to persuade audiences about the benefits (or the demerits) of homeschooling, charter schools and online education. Persuading audiences to reform education can address issues such as fixing pension reform, changing teacher tenure and changing the way the government funds education and even school vouchers. Depending on the audience, persuasive speeches can help convince students why they need a college education.

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