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Persuasive Arguments

For years, you have been learning how to prepare and deliver persuasive presentations – presentations in which you try and persuade your listeners to agree with you about something, to change their attitudes about something or to take some sort of action.

Learning how to do this can be very helpful to you in school and in your later life. So we thought we should review some of our earlier suggestions about how to make and deliver persuasive arguments and presentations – and how to evaluate persuasive speeches made by others.

The core of any persuasive speech is its proposition. As you know, a proposition is the simplest possible expression of what it is that you want your listeners to accept.