This is a copy of a group email that I sometimes use. It contains several items that might be helpful to you as you prepare for your Persuasive Presentation:
Unless you receive an email stating otherwise, all general topics submitted are
considered accepted & on reserve for the listed speaker.
>>reinforce existing beliefs, or
>>>change minds, or
>>>>induce the listener to take some specific action.
Here are some examples of PERSUASIVE PROPOSITIONS [ aka thesis statements]:
* "In order to be better prepared for their professional lives, I propose that all SHU students should be required to take at least three courses in communication." [Policy]
* "Because of the health benefits that pets provide, everyone should have one." [Policy]
* " Despite the prominent publicity and testimonials surrounding super energy drinks, they actually are bad for you." [value]
* "New York City provides more opportunities for a fun winter vacation than locations such as Colorado or Vancouver which promote traditional, snowy activities ." [Fact]
After devising your Thesis Statement [a.k.a. Proposition], you then construct your speech in order to PROVE the assertion that has been made in the Thesis Statement-- using concrete evidence & reasoning). Don't think of it as "information".
3. The PPSAP homework assignment is designed to help you strategize how to prove your assertion to your particular audience's interests and needs in our classroom context. That is why the PPSAP is a strategy plan, not a preliminary, extemporaneous outline. Most of you already have demonstrated that you know how to do an outline. This time, I need to see that you know how to strategize a persuasive "argument" to a target audience.
NB: The earlier you email your PPSAP (adaptation plan), the more likely you will receive a timely & specific response. I will make every effort to respond to your email prior to your speech presentation date. Keep working on your speech while you are awaiting my response.
4. Be sure that your topic is something that you believe in and can talk about with energy and enthusiasm. AVOID "AUTOMATIC PILOT" DELIVERY /or/ speaking "at" us rather than "to" us! Speakers with rapport are more likely to succeed at persuading.
5. Be sure to refer to Chapter 17 in your textbook and to the Persuasion Slide Show (located within Blackboard). You are aiming for a strategic mix of personal believability, audience-centered evidence, and touching on the needs, desires, and emotions of your listeners. It's a challenge-- but you are ready for it!
updated Nov. 2016