There are many situations that you see as wrong or that need changing. If you want to make a
change in policy or if you want to convince someone to change his or her beliefs or attitudes about
a topic, you will have to be able to make a persuasive argument that effectively clarifies the
situation, considers the possible causes and presents your solution to the problem.
This speech will be an opportunity for you to practice your advocacy skills. You are asked to
prepare a persuasive speech which advocates a change in attitude, value, belief or action. You
should design the speech according to the formats found in the chapters on Persuasive speaking.
1. Persuasive speeches must persuade. You must argue for a position. Make sure that
you are taking a side and not simply informing us about a problem.
2. Select one of the types of persuasive speeches found in Chapter 16 (pages 311 – 323)
and use a proper organizational methods based on the type you select.
3. Ensure that you have solid reasoning and evidence for your points. Re read Chapter 17,
(pages 331 – 356), paying special attention to pages 338 – 352 and information on
fallacies. This speech will be evaluated based on the clarity of your argument. Make
sure that your argument is well thought out and free from errors.
4. The speech should be between 6 and 9 minutes long.
5. Make and maintain eye contact. If you are not capable of looking at your audience, you
are perceived to be deceptive. Look at us and talk with us. Either use note cards or your
outline for delivery. No transcript please.
6. You must cite the sources of your information in the speech. If you don’t say the source of
the information, your audience has no way of knowing that you did your research. You
must have at least 6 scholarly sources on your reference page, and all must be mentioned
in the speech. All must be scholarly sources
7. A power point presentation is required for this speech. Your power point must
incorporate at least 1 chart, graph or table with quantitative data. Make sure your
visual aid uses colors and fonts that are easy on the eye. Do NOT continuously look at
your visual aid and speak to it. Please look at your audience when speaking with them.
8. You must submit an outline, a complete reference page in APA format, copies (.PDF
documents or pictures) of each source listed on the reference page and your Power
Point presentation. Any late work, while accepted, is graded following the FTCC late
work policy. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please consult the Policy in the Syllabus.

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