Good Persuasive Speech Topics

Here's a list of good persuasive speech topics to convince others to come over to your way of thinking, or to take a particular course of action.

If you're just getting started in writing this type of speech, please do read my overview of persuasive speech topics and check out my suggestions for how to come up with some fresh ideas of your own!

Click on the links within the lists below to check out an actual speech on that topic.


These are ideas for persuasive speech topics, so you want to not only INFORM your audience but CONVINCE them to take action or change their way of thinking. You are not just letting them know the facts.

1st 10 Good Persuasive Speech Topics

  • global warming is real/not real
  • single parent adoption (yes/no)
  • human cloning (moral?)
  • video games do/do not promote violence
  • religion does/does not belong in public education
  • gun companies should/should not be held responsible for gun crimes
  • marijuana should/should not be legalized
  • courts should/should not try juveniles as adults
  • using cell phones while driving is dangerous
  • adoptees should/should not have a right to know their birth parents' ID

Set 2

  • exams give no real indication of student ability
  • embryonic research (yes/no)
  • the case for/against genetically modified food
  • luck is/is not a matter of chance
  • knowing your ancestry is/is not important
  • volunteering (it's a win/win situation)
  • zoos are/are not good for the conservation of a species
  • sweatshops (are we responsible for their creation?)
  • ozone layer - we must take action
  • love is more powerful than hate
Good persuasive speech topics

Set 3

  • homeschooling (the way to go for education)
  • America should/should not become involved in disputes overseas
  • a government should/should not ban couples from adopting internationally
  • gay couples should/should not have the same rights to adopt a child as heterosexual couples
  • the assassination of a dictator can / cannot be justified
  • parents should/should not be allowed to choose the gender of their children
  • force should/should not be used to protect human rights
  • marriage is/is not an outdated institution
  • religious slaughter of animals should/should not be banned
  • vaccinations should/should not be compulsory

Set 4

  • virginity pledges do more harm than good/more good than harm
  • age of consent laws should be more/less liberal
  • states should/should not legalize assisted suicide
  • boarding school is/is not beneficial to children
  • cameras should/should not be placed in courtrooms to televise criminal proceedings
  • cultural treasures should/should not be returned to their countries of origin
  • democracy is/is not the best form of government
  • developed countries should/should not cancel the debt of the poorest countries
  • schools should/should not subject students to random, mandatory drug testing
  • schools should/should not replace exams with other forms of assessment

Set 5

  • flag burning as a form of protest should/should not be prohibited
  • Hollywood has a positive/negative impact on society
  • the sale of human organs should be legal/illegal
  • governments should/should not censor material on the internet
  • the government should/should not impose a mandatory retirement age
  • the Olympic dream is/is not dead
  • parents should/should not be held legally responsible for their children's actions
  • schools should/should not require students to wear uniforms
  • lawmakers should/should not repeal the so-called "three strikes" law
  • unemployed people should/should not be made to work for their money

Set 6

  • it is/is not crucial to develop a career before marriage
  • medical research should/should not use animals in medical research
  • college students should/should not join a political organization of their choice
  • all farmers should/should not go organic
  • why we should/should not recycle
  • stop making excuses - be the success you can be
  • needle exchange programs should/should not be encouraged
  • become an activist
  • medical institutions should/should not integrate energy medicine into mainstream medical institutions
  • tobacco use should/should not be legal

Good Persuasive Speech Topics Submitted by Visitors:

  • medicine should/should not move away from blood transfusions in favor of bloodless medicine - submitted by Jonathan of SpeechMastery where you can learn mastery of public speaking, persuasive and motivational speaking along with PowerPoint presentation.

Short on research time and want to put your speech together quickly? Then take a look at these Easy Persuasive Speech Topics - 50 topics about which you probably have a lot to say already!

Come on back when you need more ideas for your persuasive speeches. I'll be adding more good persuasive speech topics on a regular basis.

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