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Persuasive speech template

 

Exact purpose

 

To convince the audience that . . . complete this statement

 

Although it is the first part of your outline,

 

 

 

DO NOT begin your speech delivery by stating your exact purpose.

 

The first thing you say should be your attention grabber.

 

Introduction

 

 

 

 

Attention grabber - Statement to wake the audience up / make sure they are listening.

 

 

 

 

Thesis - Tell listeners what action you want them to take - OR - how you want them to think.

 

 

 

 

Qualification - Tell listeners your personal experience with your topic, making you qualified to affect their

 

opinions about it.

 

Body

 

 

 

 

Reason 1 - Tell one reason why listeners should act or think the way your thesis suggests.

 

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Example 1 - Support for reason given above.

 

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Example 2- Support for reason given above.

 

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Example 3 - Support for reason given above.

 

 

 

 

Transition sentence - Smoothly connect Reason 1 with Reason 2.

 

 

 

 

Reason 2 - Give listeners a second reason why they should act or think as you want them to.

 

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Example 1 - Support for reason given above.

 

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Example 2- Support for reason given above.

 

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Example 3 - Support for reason given above.

 

 

 

 

Transition sentence - Smoothly connect Reason 2 with Reason 3.

 

 

 

 

Reason 3 - This should be your STRONGEST argument. Tell listeners the most important reason why they

 

should act or think the way you want them to.

 

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Example 1 - Support for reason given above.

 

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Example 2- Support for reason given above.

 

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Example 3 - Support for reason given above.

 

 

 

 

Signal the wrap-up - Move smoothly from Reason 3 to the conclusion of your speech.

 

Conclusion

 

 

 

 

Summary - Briefly remind listeners why they should agree with your position.

 

 

 

 

Memorable ending and audience challenge - End with a powerful closing thought or recommended

 

course of action.

 

 

 

 

Thank the audience for listening

 

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