Writing a thesis is the most important stage in the preparation of your persuasive speech once you have chosen its topic. Its aim is to express your stance on the issue, present the strongest argument in its favour as well as grab your listeners’ attention. Therefore, allow yourself plenty of time for formulating the thesis, as it will help you organize your thoughts and ideas.
Firstly, when you are formulating a thesis for a persuasive speech, decide on the aim that you want to achieve at your presentation. In most cases the objective of the persuasive speech is to trigger off some response on the part of the audience, namely to make them feel in a certain way about the issue. Your next step would be to define your view of the situation clearly and directly and give reasons you base your opinion on. You are not supposed to present all your arguments in the speech thesis, so just opt for the most convincing ones. Remember that it should only summarize the points you are going to dwell on in a detailed way, but make sure it engages your listeners and holds their interest. What makes a speech thesis compelling for the audience? It has to be easy to understand and remember and show that your research raises an important up-to-date issue that affects their lives. Lastly, do not be afraid to reconsider and reformulate your thesis if it does not live up to your expectations, as only practice makes perfect!
All in all, approach developing a thesis seriously, as it is the cornerstone of your speech and will assist you in constructing the outline of it. Clear, concise and compelling – these are the three ‘C’s of a successful persuasive speech thesis!