Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

SPC-1608 - Zimmerman

Choosing Your Topic

A persuasive speech seeks to change the audience's beliefs about a particular topic or issue. Choose a topic in which you feel comfortable being an advocate. Below are three methods to consider when choosing a topic:

  • Questions of Fact - a question about the truth or falsity of an assertion 
    • Goes beyond informing the audience, the speaker can make claims of prediction based on opinion and evaluation of facts 
  • Questions of Value - concerning the worth, rightness, morality, etc. of an idea or action
    • ​Goes beyond personal likes or dislikes, the speaker must justify claims using facts and standards
  • Questions of Policy - whether a specific course of action should or should not be taken
    • Goes beyond questions of fact or value to determine if and in what way something should or should not be done


Researching Your Topic

Using outside research will add credibility to you and your speech as well as provide the audience with guidance on where to seek further, more in-depth information on the topic.