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Topics for Persuasive Speech

Madhura Pandit Feb 24, 2020
Having trouble finding the right speech topic? Presented here is a list of interesting persuasive speech topics for high school and college students.
A persuasive speech, as the name suggests, is a piece of oratory or speech meant to persuade or convince the audience to have a specific viewpoint on a specific subject. Only when the speaker is thoroughly versed in his/her subject matter, he/she will be able to convince the audience.
Providing information via a speech and persuading people to have a specific opinion about certain matter are two diverse things; and the latter is not quite easy! Therefore, the speaker should choose a topic of his interest, with which he/she can relate to and about which he/she has a lot of knowledge. Let us see some interesting topics.

Interesting Persuasive Speech Topics


  • Is homeschooling really effective?
  • Should exams be completely removed from the curriculum?
  • What type of punishments are fair?
  • Are school uniforms good or bad idea?
  • Should sex education in school be made compulsory?


  • Should lesbian and gay marriages be legalized?
  • Is it right to have a censor board for the Internet?
  • Is the current tax system fair?
  • Is it right to legalize euthanasia?
  • Should smoking be completely banned from public places?


  • Is premarital sex proper?
  • Is dieting/fad diets healthy?
  • Is juvenile sentence right?
  • Pros and cons of Internet dating.
  • Is it essential for every student to have finance education?


  • Is global warming a hoax?
  • Animals should/should not be used in research.
  • Organic farming should be made mandatory.
  • Should fur be banned completely?
  • Should people opt for vegetarianism?


  • Is there life after death?
  • Are vampires real?
  • Is reincarnation for real?
  • Existence of life on Mars
  • Are ghosts real?

Miscellaneous Speech Topics

  • Reading books
  • Seat belt laws
  • Coke vs. Pepsi
  • Helmet laws
  • Eating fast-food
  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Drinking and driving
  • Paparazzi
  • Vegetarianism
  • Community service
  • Internet dating
  • Impact of movies
  • Over population
  • Use of fur
  • Stem-cell research
  • Human cloning
  • Legalization of gambling/drugs
  • Social security
  • Health insurance
  • Human organ donation
  • Unemployment
  • Strikes
  • AIDS test
  • Premarital counseling
  • Adoption
  • Effects of divorce
Now, Let us see some seemingly funny persuasive speech topics for younger students. One should note that although humorous, they also convey a deeper meaning. Therefore, the speaker needs to be well versed in these subjects of speech topics.
  • Who is the best superhero: Spiderman/Superman/Batman?
  • Will students benefit if attendance is not mandatory?
  • One of the best careers today.
  • Should fast food/chocolate be banned for children?
  • Life in the previous century was better.
  • Can we live without cell phones/computers/gadgets?
  • What am I against, why?
Lastly, remember that your persuasive speech may help in changing the mindset of the audience, hence, research well, speak confidently and you will definitely be a winner (literally and figuratively). Good luck!