Rationale: There are many situations that you see as wrong or that need changing. If you want to make a change in policy or if you want to convince someone to change his or her beliefs or attitudes about a topic, you will have to be able to make a persuasive argument that effectively clarifies the situation, considers the possible causes and presents your solution to the problem.
Assignment: This speech will be an opportunity for you to practice your advocacy skills. You are asked to prepare a persuasive speech which advocates a change in attitude, value, belief or action. You should design the speech according to the formats found in the chapters on Persuasive speaking. Requirements:
1. Persuasive speeches must persuade. You must argue for a position. Make sure that you are taking a side and not simply informing us about a problem.
2. Select one of the types of persuasive speeches found in your text book and use a proper organizational method based on the type you select.
3. Ensure that you have solid reasoning and evidence for your points. Pay special attention
to the method of persuasion you select and work to avoid fallacies in your arguments. This speech will be evaluated based on clarity, logic and ethics of your argument. Make sure that your argument is well thought out and free from errors.
4. The speech should be between 6 and 9 minutes long.
5. Make and maintain eye contact. If you are not capable of looking at your audience, you
are perceived to be deceptive. Look at us and talk with us. Either use note cards or your outline for delivery. No transcript please.
6. You must cite the sources of your information in the speech. If you don’t say the source of the information, your audience has no way of knowing that you did your research. You must have at least 6 scholarly sources on your reference page, and all must be mentioned in the speech. All must be scholarly sources
7. A power point presentation is required for this speech. Your power point must
incorporate at least 1 chart, graph or table with quantitative data. Make sure your visual aid uses colors and fonts that are easy on the eye. Do NOT continuously look at your visual aid and speak to it. Please look at your audience when speaking with them.
8. You must submit an outline, a complete reference page in APA format, copies (.PDF
documents or pictures) of each source listed on the reference page and your Power Point presentation. Any late work, while accepted, is graded following the FTCC late work policy. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please consult the Policy in the Syllabus.