How to Make a Persuasive Speech
How to Persuade in Presentations -- a sure fire formula to Grab Your Audience
by the Guts and Have them begging For more --
To master the art of persuasive
speaking, you need much more than good presentation or speech
making skills. The real secret of success lies in the preparation.
With the right degree of preparation, totally unknown public
speakers have been known to floor even large sizable audiences. It
is not impossible. You can make a strong persuasive speech if you
follow a few basic guidelines:
Find the Perfect Persuasive Speech Topic,
Write a Strong Persuasive Speech Intro, Body and conclusion.
And then work the magic of a powerful delivery to make a persuasive
What is the purpose of your speech - persuade, motivate, inform,
sell etc, based on the purpose, You need to find a good
persuasive speech topic - something that will captivate your
audience right from the start, you can read the article
2. Research Your Speech topic and
come up with interesting quotes, questions, stories, anecdotes,
facts and figures that you audience might be able to relate to.
These should be able to capture your audiences interest right
away. Also these should build upon the ultimate purpose of your
3. Next YOu need to know How to
Write a Persuasive Speech -- You need to do justice to the
persuasive speech topic by writing a powerful persuasive speech.
The way you put everything together will finally make or break
Make a powerful opening or speech
intro, to captivate your audience - usually a quote or a question,
sometimes a story or even a chronological sequence of 3
interesting facts will do.
Write Your speech like you are
talking one on one with a single member of your audience. Don't
make it too descriptive else you risk losing your audience. Make
it more like a dialogue.
Involve the audience by asking
Take your audience on a
journey of sensory feelings. Rouse their imaginations, make them
hear, taste, smell and see what you are talking about. Play upon
their emotions. For instance, if you are describing a tragic
scene, your audience should be so moved to have tears in their
eyes, if you are being funny, your audience should be splitting
with laughter -- you need to capture their emotions
Finish up with a very powerful
conclusion. This should include a 'call to action', if your
purpose is to persuade or sell.
Now if your purpose is to persuade
or sell, your speech should also be designed to redress any
possible objections or questions your audience might have.
For more information and speech samples read:
4. Finally, How to make the
persuasive speech - How to persuade in presentations - this is where your speaking skills come
alive... You need to practice, practice and practice some more...
Stand and practice delivering your
speech in front of your mirror at home,
As you practice, you will find spots
in your speech you need to tweak, delete, add punch lines or
Make the changes and practice again.
Make a video recording of your
delivery and watch it over and over again, until you can pin point
your errors and correct them
Keep practicing and polishing your
speech until you feel that it delivers just the right punch for
the expected audience.
Remember Your body language -- your
your speech patterns, your tone of voice, your reactions, and even
your thoughts and feelings will project into your body language...
so make sure to work on it and improve it as much as possible.
If you are using visuals, then
practice your speech with the visuals, so that your timing is not
off, and your body language complements the visual aids.
Here are a few Presentation Guide
lines for a strong persuasive speech delivery - How to Persuade in
Dress appropriate for the audience /
location where you are going to make your speech. You should
project a polished, well dressed and confident image. So select
and try out your ward robe beforehand to eliminate any stress due
Practice your speech sufficiently,
though take adequate rest the day before the speech, so you appear
well rested and relaxed.
Familiarize yourself with the
location where you are going to be speaking, so you know the
Prepare any presentations/slides/power point
before hand and make sure you have the right equipment --
projector, computer etc -- if needed.
Take a deep breath before you start
your speech and then breath normally, keep some water handy, in
case you need it during the speech delivery.
It's okay to stumble once in a
while, as long as you are able to regain your footage immediately.
Remember to look into your
audience's eyes, Move your head as you speak so it looks like you
have eye contact with each and everyone of them... smile and laugh
as appropriate and keep them
engaged. Speak with confidence. You will succeed.
You should know your subject matter
so well, that even if you forget something during the speech, you
should be able to improvise. Remember, your audience doesn't know
that you have forgotten some part, and they don't need to know if
you can recover and carry on.
Here is a spiritual technique that
helps to calm your nerves and creates good vibes for you: Just
before you enter the room for your presentation, Imagine
projecting loving, peaceful feelings to all your audience members.
Even if it doesn't work, it will put you in a peaceful and loving
frame of mind, thereby projecting a calm body image to your
audience. And this calmness of your body image will rub off on
your audience, making them feel relaxed, and good, hence creating
good vibes for you.