100 Good Persuasive Speech Topics

It’s amazing how even when the same books are read again and again, we never find them boring. Each time is like the first time – the same excitement and interest. But speeches are different and people look for innovation and creativity.

Persuasive speech argues or puts across a point to the audience. It is the art of expressing an opinion clearly and logically.

While presentation is very important when persuading, the magic of a persuasive speech is best experienced only when the topic elicits an interest and appeals to the heart of every member in the audience. And, that is what finally matters.

This is where the topic for the persuasive speech becomes important. We have heard too many speeches that talk about smoking and drinking.  Here is a list of some out-of-the-box persuasive speech topics that will help you keep your audience alert and attentive.

List of 100 Persuasive Speech Topics

  1. Mandatory reporting in healthcare. Adverse events to be accurately reported.
  1. Food additives and unhealthiness.
  1. Overreaction to cholesterol.
  1. The dangers of asbestos removal.
  1. The glut of paper products.
  1. Meat consumption and health.
  1. The hazards of Ill-fitting shoes.
  1. Legalization of marijuana.
  1. Underground gasoline tanks leaks.
  1. Pension plans going broke.
  1. The dangers of disposable diapers.
  1. TV violence.
  1. Plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons (cosmetic surgery). Is it rising to a level that exceeds good sense?
  1. Is the Fast-Food Industry Accountable Legally for Obesity? (The McLawsuit)
  1. Intelligence depends more on the environment than genetic factors.
  1. Should there be stronger limits on immigration?
  1. Importance of safety harnesses.
  1. Juvenile sentence is right.
  1. Mandatory drug tests for students.
  1. Traditional books or eBooks?
  1. Organ donation after death should be encouraged.
  1. Freedom of press gone too far.
  1. Private space travel should not be encouraged.
  1. Teenage pregnancy affects the future of both the child and the mother.
  1. Special privileges for working women.
  1. Health insurance, a must for all citizens.
  1. Dangers of steroid use.
  1.  Financial education is important in today’s world.
  1. The use of surveillance cameras in public places, such as parking lots. Good idea or violation of privacy?
  1. The right to search students’ personal property, like lockers and backpacks as part of the war on drugs.
  1. Grocery store shelves filled with foods made with genetically modified ingredients without GMO labels. GMO labels are essential to help you make a decision.
  1. Designer children.
  1. Tell people to vote! Individual votes matter.
  1. Does Internet mean the death of newspapers?
  1. Reasons for increase in kidnapping by parents.
  1. How effective is Alcoholics Anonymous?
  1. Should death penalty be abolished?
  1. The importance of home schooling for mentally and physically enabled children.
  1. Does home-schooling result in children missing the social interaction and growth necessary at that age?
  1. Should surrogate motherhood be allowed?
  1. Make recycling mandatory to help the environment.
  1. Is nuclear power the answer to the energy crisis?
  1. Social networks and our young generation.
  1.  Subliminal messages in movies and TV ads.
  1. Juvenile delinquents should be sentenced to bootcamp.
  1. Why breakfast is the most important meal of the day?
  1. The importance of newspapers in our daily life.
  1. Parents should not spank their children.
  1. Single parents should not be allowed to adopt children.
  1. Men and women speak a different language of love.
  1. The dangers of using a cell phone while driving.
  1. The importance of blood donation.
  1. How CMC (Computer Mediated Communication) affects the workplace.
  1. Why we will rely on robots.
  1. Weaving digital information into physical space.  The ability to reach out into the computer and manipulate digital objects.
  1. Reducing poverty by fixing the living environment and housing.
  1. The possibility of cars sharing data with other cars to avoid accidents. Does that encroach on privacy?
  1. Texting undermines vocabulary and the mental effort that intelligent writing necessitates.
  1. Nonprofits rewarded for how little they spend – not for what they get done. We should start rewarding charities for their big goals and accomplishments even if it means bigger expenses.
  1. Will the Internet crash at some point and do we need a plan B?
  1. Female genital mutiliation should be stopped.
  1. A school in the cloud for children to learn from one another.
  1. Mono-tasking more important than multi-tasking?
  1. Stem cells to aid in the development of personalized treatments by creating models of human biology/physiology in the lab.
  1. Mind wandering into the past and future makes us unhappy. Bringing the mind back to the present moment produces positive feelings.
  1. Crowd sourcing the world’s goals. (United Nations goals of reducing poverty and disease)
  1. Should women represent women in media because they can tell women’s stories better?
  1. There are 20,000 street gangs in the US. What should be done to stop/control them?
  1. Should elders over the age of 65 be allowed to drive?
  1. Are the current food preservation technologies safe?
  1. New research touts the benefits of video games, but are they safe?
  1. How air purifiers can be harmful and aggravate health conditions.
  1. The importance of patents on ideas.
  1. The theory of intelligent design as opposed to evolution and creationism.
  1. How a cult is different from a religion and why it is dangerous.
  1. Driving over the speed limit.
  1. Living together before marriage.
  1. Tougher enforcement of laws to protect victims of domestic abuse.
  1. The federal government should impose a complete ban on all cigarettes and tobacco products.
  1. Tackle the problem of heart attacks by getting trained in CPR.
  1. Alternatives of fossil fuel, to avoid the energy crisis.
  1. Nuclear power is better than solar power.
  1. Don’t abolish casino gambling as nobody is hurt by it and it helps with tourism.
  1. Online teaching should be given equal importance as the regular form of teaching.
  1. Does luck play an important part in success?
  1. Does the paparazzi help or hinder the purpose of free press.
  1. Should people have a green burial?
  1. Automobile drivers should be required to take a test every three years.
  1. Americans should be given a three-day weekend.
  1. Drug addicts should be sent for treatment in hospitals instead of prisons.
  1. Waiting period should be made compulsory for buying firearms.
  1. IQ tests are valid measurements of human intelligence.
  1. There should be a cap on sports salaries.
  1. Juveniles should be sentenced as adults.
  1. Protect endangered species by outlawing hunting.
  1. Teachers can befriend students on Facebook.
  1. School cafeterias contribute to obesity in children and they should only offer healthy food options
  1. Outsourcing is good for us.
  1. Bloggers should be treated as journalists and punished for indiscretions.
  1. Intelligent design or creationism. About 55% of people in the US believe that God created man and not evolution. Should this be taught in schools?

While we feel that the topics included here can be transformed into persuasive speeches of interest to different audiences, they are only meant to give you an idea and you should use your best judgment as to what you would be presenting to your target audience.