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 m*******a.
  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 s*****d 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.

48 Responses to “100 Good Persuasive Speech Topics”

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  1. diamond says:

    it works for me ppl

  2. Spark says:

    These speech are very interesting thank uu. I thinkl im goin to prepare my presentation based on one of the above speeches

    • mahboobeh says:

      I want to thank you because of these useful speeches, i’m so excited in a way i don’t know to chose which of them.
      anyway TNK

  3. SINITA says:

    Are there any speeches opine were u know I can get of line

  4. Boby Fulyer says:

    Amazing! I got a speech i would love to do here! Thanks!

  5. Nahshel Backer says:

    social networks and our young generation

  6. ABHINAND.SHINE says:

    Amazing! very good

  7. Bhagyashree patil says:

    Thank you, for giving me good topics they really work!!

  8. punani says:

    any example powerpoint for those speech above?

  9. bohoo says:

    Hi,I’m doing this through school right now and I just wanna say I love you B-)

  10. Abriana says:

    Thank you, would love to do legalisation of m*******a :) THANKS SO MUCH I LOVE YOU!!!! UR THE BEST!!! UR AWESOME

  11. Angie says:

    thnx for the ideas got me thinking

  12. unknown says:

    this is the worst speech topic site i have seen coz it is all to do with AMERICA

  13. tom thumb says:

    yeah..there really good…..
    i did a speech and got top marks….
    thanks,
    :)

  14. alexander the gr8 says:

    alexander rekons the speeches were gr8…
    thx HEAPZ!!!!!!!
    cheerio :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  15. Bob says:

    These are a lot of help thanks

  16. Ozy says:

    Thanx 4 the awesome topics:D

  17. Osmani,Ghulam Rabbani says:

    These are sounds like best help to me, Can I have these topics? If it possible should you please send me these topics to my Email Add.I respect your policy.
    I am an English Student.
    thanks to help

  18. care says:

    very awsome care

  19. unknown says:

    Great. This website is helpful

  20. Mentle_Gen says:

    i am totally LEGIT doing the legalisation of m*******a XD

  21. hiba zahid says:

    There is no topic on NOTHING IS POSSIBLE WITHOUT EFFORT

  22. hiba zahid says:

    BUT these are also good topics and helpful for presentations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!B-)

  23. meemo says:

    nice topics. i like the plastic surgery one. the topics were very varied

  24. ummmm says:

    Do any of you actually go to school? Your spelling and grammar is absolutely horrendous. Quit complaining about speech topics when you can’t even spell.

  25. Billy joe says:

    This was just outstandingly ridiculous. Some of these people that left comments ARE RETARDS. (and probably fake) I mean although these topics were alright they wasn’t that gr8 so calm Mr. Alexander.

    P.s.
    Billy joe rules

  26. ??? says:

    Some of the topics are questionable. Outsourcing, for example. It may benefit us, but is it good that rich consumers benefit from this and secondary employment sector workers in Less Developed Countries struggle to put bread on the table?

    Not only that, but the teaching of religious education in schools is wrong. Pupils should believe what they want to believe, rather than be force – fed religious crap from a young age.

  27. BobTheGirl says:

    I enjoyed these topics, very much. And to all the “comment trolls” :
    I’m pretty sure that most of these people that you are referring to, do go to school. Just because they choose no to spell does not mean they cannot. Oh, and those saying these were not good topics, choose your words carefully. The person (or people) who wrote this have feelings. They are human beings, too. Respect that.

  28. phil mcrakin' says:

    Doctor-assisted suicide should (or should not) be legal.
    Spammers—people who bombard Internet users with unsolicited e-mail—should (or should not) be allowed to send their junk mail.
    Every automobile driver should (or should not) be required to take a new driver’s test every three years.
    Electroshock treatment is (or is not) a humane form of therapy.
    Every student should (or should not) be required to learn a foreign language.
    Solar power is (or is not) a viable alternate energy source.
    Drug addicts should (or should not) be put in hospitals for medical treatment instead of in prisons for punishment.
    American workers should (or should not) be guaranteed a three-day weekend by law.
    All health professionals should (or should not) be tested annually for HIV infection and AIDS.
    Self-proclaimed “militias” should (or should not) be closely monitored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
    Assault weapons should (or should not) be outlawed.
    All owners of firearms should (or should not) be required to register their weapons with the police.
    A two-week waiting period should (or should not) be required for anyone attempting to purchase a firearm.
    The death penalty for murderers should (or should not) be abolished.
    The death penalty should (or should not) be imposed on juveniles.
    Drug dealers convicted of distributing large quantities of drugs should (or should not) receive the death penalty.
    The U.S. military should (or should not) be used to curb drug smuggling into the U.S.
    The U.S. should (or should not) cut off all foreign aid to

    • conner hames says:

      Doctor-assisted suicide should (or should not) be legal.
      Spammers—people who bombard Internet users with unsolicited e-mail—should (or should not) be allowed to send their junk mail.
      Every automobile driver should (or should not) be required to take a new driver’s test every three years.
      Electroshock treatment is (or is not) a humane form of therapy.
      Every student should (or should not) be required to learn a foreign language.
      Solar power is (or is not) a viable alternate energy source.
      Drug addicts should (or should not) be put in hospitals for medical treatment instead of in prisons for punishment.
      American workers should (or should not) be guaranteed a three-day weekend by law.
      All health professionals should (or should not) be tested annually for HIV infection and AIDS.
      Self-proclaimed “militias" should (or should not) be closely monitored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
      Assault weapons should (or should not) be outlawed.
      All owners of firearms should (or should not) be required to register their weapons with the police.
      A two-week waiting period should (or should not) be required for anyone attempting to purchase a firearm.
      The death penalty for murderers should (or should not) be abolished.
      The death penalty should (or should not) be imposed on juveniles.
      Drug dealers convicted of distributing large quantities of drugs should (or should not) receive the death penalty.
      The U.S. military should (or should not) be used to curb drug smuggling into the U.S.
      The U.S. should (or should not) cut off all foreign aid to

  29. A'sheir says:

    My faves are 37, 39, 56, and lastly 100! Thanks for the suggestions.

  30. Shane says:

    This is a awesome website and filled with awesome speech topics. This website really helped me thanks. I chose the one “Will the Internet crash at some point and do we need a plan B.

  31. Gaurav Singh says:

    you miss some important topic like health and education

  32. lora says:

    I am in a complete dilemma wondering about the topic that I should choose
    Thank you

  33. Jessica says:

    I don’t really think that these options are very good to write about. I mean, really? Americans given a 3rd weekend day? No. If America has the rights to have another weekend day, then so should every other country and island. Also, legalizing m*******a? For medical reasons, then yes, there is an excuse, but for everyday smoking reasons, absolutely not. I am only a child, and I can think of better topics like, poverty, homeless, starvation, racism and many others.

  34. Gobi Viswa says:

    All the topics are nice but every thing are giving the same points & same ideas.so we need more points about them…………….

  35. BENJAMIN BUINDA says:

    Well picked topics, keep it up.

  36. Batmanthehacker says:

    very helpful , doing a school oral presentation and this website has been a major contribution

  37. Ivette says:

    Thanks a lot this site saved me from getting a zero to getting 100%

  38. Kayla Conway says:

    I enjoyed these topic ideas a lot more than i did the controversial ones. thank you.

  39. Ginger says:

    I liked them but I’m looking for something more creative! :-(

  40. TheInternetJunkie says:

    I’m sure there’s loads more, and in a country where m*******a is often debated about, this kinda isn’t helping my case if i just so happened to be in jail, which i’m not..

  41. Julia Carriere says:

    I think that the drug addicts should be hospitalized i men whn they get out of jail they probably well go at her again right? not all people tho. but hospitals in some ways can help.

  42. chanzeb khan says:

    i am highly pleased to see all these topics. indeed these topics are the burning issues of present age. those who thought and suggested deserve our appreciation.

  43. arshpreet says:

    nice speech topics but you can upload more speech topics

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