Hey! Sign in to get help with your study questionsNew here? Join for free to post

Persuasive speech

Announcements Posted on
Last day to win £100 of Amazon vouchers - don't miss out! Take our quick survey to enter 24-10-2016
    • Thread Starter

    Best topics to do a persuasive speech about for English Speaking Exam?

    I did mine on persuading an audience about the importance of maintaining cultural traditions in our modern world? But really persuasive speeches are kinda impromptu stuff you just think up of a topic on the spot and bs your way through it

    How exams are not a measure of our true intelligence?

    Hi! I did my GCSE Spoken Language Assessment in June. I'm a computer science nerd and did mine on 'The Emerging Creative Applications of Computer Science' (3D printing and all that). Others did their speeches on aliens, global warming, The Battle of Hastings. Some of my personal favourites were 'Are Children Born Killers' and 'How Disturbing Fairy Tales Really Are'. Here are some of my top tips:

    - This is going to sound really cliché but choose something you're genuinely interested in. This is for a number of reasons:
    - If you enjoy the topic then you will generally sound more enthusiastic and less monotonous
    - If you end up forgetting some of your speech and have to wing it (like I did) you'll probably have some information or cool facts in your mind to slip in so that no-one notices that you've forgotten

    - Try and make your chosen topic open to multiple different interpretations by almost forming your title into a question ie. 'Why is global warming so important?' or 'Is global warming the most important problem we face today?'

    - If you can, try and make your topic something that the audience may not have heard about or considered before. This will keep them engaged and (hopefully) eager to find out more. It will also make it easier to answer questions at the end.

    - I did AQA and the mark scheme basically said that we needed to talk about 'sophisticated ideas'. Make sure to bear this in mind when choosing your topic (e.g don't talk about what you did at the weekend).

    Lastly, when it comes to writing your speech, if you are talking about something that is overly sad or overly happy, try to vary the tone of the speech and the emotions that you want your audience to feel.

    Sorry for the essay, but good luck with your speech!
Write a reply…


Submit reply


Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?
  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?
  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. Oops, you need to agree to our Ts&Cs to register
  2. Slide to join now Processing…

Updated: September 11, 2016
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Would you rather find
Useful resources

Study tools


Essay expert

Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

Thinking about uni already?

Thinking about uni already?

See where you can apply with our uni match tool

Student chat

Ask a question

Chat to other GCSE students and get your study questions answered.


Make study resources

Create all the resources you need to get the grades.


Create your own Study Plan

Organise all your homework and exams so you never miss another deadline.

Resources by subject

From flashcards to mind maps; there's everything you need for all of your GCSE subjects.


Find past papers

100s of GCSE past papers for all your subjects at your fingertips.

Help out other students

Can you help? Study help unanswered threads

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.