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Persuasive Speech

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Introduction and Thesis: The required outline template is used. The introduction begins with an attention-getter that engages the specific audience named in the outline. The thesis is then stated. It is a complete sentence which previews the main points of the speech and reflects the topic and purpose of the presentation. A specific call to action for the audience is stated during the introduction or thesis.

Organization and Format: The body of the outline conforms to the outline hierarchy found in the text. There are a minimum of three main points or Roman numerals in the body of the outline and at least two more levels of sub points (capital letters, then numbers). The content is detailed and specific, whether it uses complete sentences or phrases. It includes all important points of the speech.

Conclusion: The conclusion ties back to the introduction and thesis, reiterates the main points and the call to action. It closes with a compelling fact, statistic, quote or other memorable statement.

Visual Explanation: This section describes each visual within the PowerPoint, by slide number, and explains how the visuals aid the audience's understanding. A minimum of two visuals is required. Clip art is not acceptable.

References: The outline contains a References section with a minimum of four credible sources formatted in full APA style.

Topic Choices for Persuasive Speech:

1. Make a proposal to your local Chamber of Commerce to change the business zoning laws in your community.

2. Make a proposal to your company's social responsibility committee in your organization that it begin a company recycling program or become an active sponsor of events for a specific charitable organization that fits with the mission and values of the company.

3. Ask a business audience of decision makers in a company to vote for a no smoking ban that applies to all outside areas of the company property.

4. Persuade your IT department management team to create and implement strict end user rules for Internet usage, or additional company network security and firewall protection measures. These are just some examples of what you may wish to explore for this option.

Please Note. Be sure your persuasive argument is supported with research data. Do not rely solely on your own experience. There must be a specific call to action: what are you asking your audience to do? For example, accept your proposal, provide funding for a new project, make a donation, sign a petition, etc.



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