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COMM 1210 - Public Speaking - Simpson - Spring 2012: Assignment


Persuasive Speech Guidelines

  • 150 Points
  • 6-8 minutes (5 points will be deducted for every 30 seconds that you go under on time.)
  • 5 note cards (maximum)- must be 3 ½” x 5”
  • 3 sources
  • Business Casual Dress
  • You must turn the following in on the day you speak:
    • Reference list- APA format
    • A complete sentence outline (no more than 500 words)
    • (These materials will not be accepted late for this speech and failure to turn these in at the time of the speech will result in the loss of points.)
  • At least 1 visual aid (poster or handout)

The main goal of this speech is to persuade the audience that a problem currently exists, to explain the causes or effects of this problem, and to offer a solution to that problem. Be sure to informally conduct an audience analysis so that you do not choose a topic that alienates your audience. You must a variety of supporting materials such as facts, quotes, testimony, examples, etc. You must include at least 3 VERBAL citations from a minimum of 2 different types of sources (magazine, journal article, book, internet, newspaper, etc.).

Please pick a topic of social significance. Avoid cliché topics such as: Quitting Smoking, Drinking and Driving, Eating Healthy, Tanning, Physical Fitness, Teen Pregnancy etc. Unless there is new information out regarding these topics, they are way overdone and therefore, not very effective. Consider problems that affect the community on a small scale - local school district, Rome, Georgia Highlands, as well as problems on a larger scale - US Government, Georgia government, etc.

For this presentation, you might want to choose a controversial topic. This means that this topic will have more than one side to the story, as most topics do. Rather than just telling us the facts and presenting both sides of the topic, you will be choosing which side you agree with. I suggest that you choose a topic that you feel very strongly about. The more passionate you are about your topic, the better your speech will be and the more fun you will have with it.

Each topic can only be used once per class. However, if 2 people want to do the same topic, but each person wants to represent a different side, those 2 people may choose to do that and present their topics back to back in class.

Persuasive Speech Outline using Motivated Sequence

I. Attention Step

            A. Attention Getter

            B. Thesis Statement

            C. Statement of Importance

            D. Preview

II. Need Step

III. Satisfaction Step (Large Scale Solution)

IV. Visualization Step

V. Action Step

A. Review

        B. Local Solution

Subject Guide

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