Impromptu Persuasive Speech Topics

by Loraine Walters
Created: 17.10.2019
Updated: 10.04.2020

List of 131 Impromptu Persuasive Speech Topics

  1. “Normal” is decided by society.
  2. A big brand doesn’t necessarily mean big value.
  3. A favorite nickname of yours
  4. A young single girl who has a child should give it up for adoption.
  5. Adoption of other-race children should be encouraged.
  6. Advances in medicine are not necessarily good for us.
  7. Advertisements targeted to children immoral.
  8. Advice for Little Red Riding Hood
  9. Age gives a face character.
  10. All guns should be registered.
  11. Allowing yourself to have fun is good for your health.
  12. Arranged marriages have more chance of succeeding.
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  14. Assisted suicide should be made legal.
  15. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
  16. Big brother is more alive and well every day.
  17. Birth control should be compulsory for people with genetically inheritable diseases.
  18. Bottles vs. cans
  19. Calorie counts should be listed on fast food menus
  20. Cars and city centers should not mix.
  21. Child’s age to have a cell phone
  22. Children should not be allowed mind altering drugs of any sort.
  23. Children should watch less/no television.
  24. Cities are for people, not cars.
  25. Community service should be compulsory for everyone.
  26. Cursive handwriting is useless today
  27. Death is not final.
  28. Diets do more harm than good.
  29. Discrimination makes you stronger.
  30. Discuss your favorite movie, book, etc.
  31. Distance learning misses point of education
  32. Dogs are better than cats (or vice versa)
  33. Drones need to be regulated to protect privacy.
  34. Euphemisms are dangerous.
  35. Everyone should have the right to wear what they wish.
  36. Explain the rules to your favorite game.
  37. Exploitative advertising should be banned.
  38. Fashion cripples creativity
  39. Food does not make you fat.
  40. Ghosts you’d like to meet
  41. Girls should be allowed on high school football teams
  42. Global warming is a hoax
  43. Good or right thinking is a matter of opinion.
  44. Government benefits weaken a country.
  45. High salaries of athletes, actors, etc.
  46. How to be a beekeeper
  47. How to become a comedian
  48. How to buy a car
  49. How to make a pizza
  50. How to make your favorite meal
  51. How we pronounce our words matters.
  52. If I had a mission statement
  53. If I ruled the world…
  54. If I were an animal, I would be a…
  55. If I were the opposite sex/president/an author/rich, I would…
  56. If you were a salesperson, sell the audience a piece of your clothing.
  57. Immigration laws are there to protect us.
  58. Internet should have stricter censorship rules
  59. Is it really that great being young?
  60. Love is not a defense or an excuse.
  61. Manners are essential.
  62. Medical marijuana use is harmful
  63. Multi-national corporates should be outlawed.
  64. My best job ever
  65. My biggest concern for the future is…
  66. My favorite of the five senses
  67. My most vivid memory from the past year
  68. Oil drilling is dangerous for the environment.
  69. One thing that I would impress someone with is…
  70. Organic farming is the way for the future.
  71. Paper books are better than electronic books
  72. People often stereotype…
  73. Pets are for people without children
  74. Plastic packaging should be banned.
  75. Poor health begins in the mind.
  76. Poverty is a state of mind.
  77. Private education/schools promote elitism.
  78. Protests are effective.
  79. Real learning happens outside the classroom.
  80. Real vs. fake Christmas trees
  81. Reincarnation is the only way to explain some experiences.
  82. Religion has no place in schools.
  83. Review the last movie you saw.
  84. Safety legislation leads to diminished personal responsibility.
  85. Saying “um” is one of the worst things you can do in public speaking.
  86. School uniforms do not make students equal
  87. Should American military budget become smaller?
  88. Should English classes be obligatory for all disciplines?
  89. Should prisoners be allowed to vote?
  90. Should single people be allowed to adopt a child.
  91. Should smoking be allowed in public spaces?
  92. Social media affects mental health.
  93. Space aliens exist.
  94. Speed dating
  95. Sport is the new religion.
  96. Standardized tests aren’t fair metrics when gauging a teacher’s effectiveness
  97. Swearing has lost its shock value.
  98. Talking to someone vs. talking with someone
  99. Tax incentives for international adoption
  100. The current tax system harms the working middle class
  101. The death penalty is obsolete.
  102. The earth is smaller today.
  103. The effects of color on people
  104. The morality of zoos
  105. The most difficult thing I’ve ever done
  106. The most successful person you know
  107. The need for effective cyber security protocols
  108. There should be a law against drugged driving
  109. Three things you do well
  110. Three uses for a product other than its intended use (pencil, cup, scissors, etc.)
  111. Tipping in restaurants should be made obligatory
  112. To be vegan is the only right and moral way to live.
  113. Truth and politics seldom mix.
  114. Uniforms in school
  115. Uniforms smother individuality.
  116. Violence on TV
  117. We should buy locally to support our communities.
  118. What human quality do we need more of?
  119. When is lying a good idea?
  120. Which came first: the chicken or the egg?
  121. Why are manners important?
  122. Why churches shouldn’t have to pay taxes
  123. Why do teenagers smoke?
  124. Why is a sense of humor important?
  125. Why manners are important
  126. Why the government should cut off all foreign aid to dictatorships
  127. Wisdom vs. intelligence
  128. Yes, motherhood is still valued in today’s society
  129. You’re the prey (ant, gazelle, etc.) – convince the predator (anteater, lion, etc.) to not eat you.
  130. Your favorite hybrid animals
  131. Your favorite smart phone app
  132. Your first memory

Persuasive Language Techniques

  • Emotional appeal: The speaker plays with people’s emotions, can manipulate the reader triggering an emotional response.
  • Descriptive language: The speaker uses living and vivid words and attracts the reader by inducing an emotion or producing an image for them.
  • Emotive language: The speaker uses language that touches people’s feelings. There is a deliberate use of words to elicit an emotional response.
  • Inclusive language: The speaker uses a language that engages the audience and sounds friendly.
  • Alliteration: The speaker uses the same letter in two or more words to persuade, adding emphasis and reinforcing meaning. (e.g. cruel, calculating and crooked)

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