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    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!
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