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Speech Presentation using Persuasive Speeches

January 13, 2012  by: rekhas  Points: 12   Category: Others  Earning $0.60   Views: 649

Here we explore another type of speech presentation called the Persuasive speech. This type of speech aims to convince the audience to accept the speaker's ideas in affirmative.


Persuasive speeches largely vary from informative speeches. In the earlier article, we discussed about organizing informative speeches. In informative speeches or presentations, the introduction plays an important role in capturing the interest of the listeners. It also provides information on what topics will follow. On the other hand, the "introduction" in persuasive speeches creates an environment of obedience and acceptance of the idea. The inquiry style works for persuasive speeches while assertive style works for informative speech.

In persuasive speech, the speaker persuades the audience to agree with him or her. Hence, the speaker should be able to gain an immediate and positive reaction from the listeners and should succeed in convincing them to accept the proposal or idea. In addition to the speech, the speaker should have strong material that supports the talk. This will help to add weight to the argument.

Unique Strategies or Tactics for Persuasive Speeches

Like the informative speeches, persuasive speeches also have different patterns, style or order. Here are some specific strategies related with persuasive speeches-

Problem Solution Order-

In this order, the speaker distributes his speech into three different parts. The first one explains the concept or the problem in detail. The second part provides an answer or solution to that problem while the third part contains enough supporting proof or material evidence to back up the solution or answer.

The Motivated Sequence-

It is a different version of the problem-solution method and has five key steps- the attention step, need, satisfaction, visualization and action step. The Attention Step draws attention to the problem at hand. The Need Step addresses the statement of the problem and elaborates the problem in detail. The Satisfaction Step provides a solution statement. It gives suggestions regarding the steps to take to solve the problem. Visualization Step provides a picture of how the solution in satisfaction step helps after implemention. The Action Step motivates the audience to join the speaker in order to address the problem in the Attention step using the satisfaction step.

Deductive and Inductive Structure-

Supportive arguments are important part of Deductive speeches. In a deductive speech, the speaker first proposes an idea and backs them with supporting arguments. On the other hand, in Inductive speeches, the argument presentation is done in such a way that the audience can draw up a proposition or idea. Inductive speeches are suitable for hostile listeners and audience who may feel offended with the deductive style of speaking.

Example for Deductive Statement or Speech- "The company will reduce wages by 15% because of low revenues caused by economic depression."

Example for Inductive Speech or Statement- "Company's performance has been quite bad due to the slowdown of economy that led to low number of exports and revenue. Hence, the company has to foricbly reduce wages by 15%."

Thus, strong supporting evidence can help to convince the audience totally. For this purpose, speakers can use illustrations, graphs, statistics, visual aids and similar tools to add strong support to their presentations and speeches.


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