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Persuade Me!

Persuade Me!
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 11
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.61

     challenging words:    rouse, best, thought-provoking, persuasive, necessarily, restate, sheepdog, statistics, enhance, better, passion, karate, presentation, authority, response, persuade

Persuade Me!
By Beth Beutler

1     Lawyers use it frequently. Sales executives depend on it. Politicians couldn't win without it. What is it? It is a persuasive speech.
2     To persuade means to cause someone to take action or accept a point of view by using reasoning or argument. When you make a persuasive speech, you are making a presentation that you hope will change the listeners' point of view or rouse them to take action. In the cases above, a lawyer wants a jury to make a decision for the good of his client, the salesperson wants a customer to make a purchase, and a politician wants his listeners to vote for him!
3     Here are a few tips that will help you develop an effective persuasive speech:
4     1. Know your topic well. In order to convince people to "buy into" your ideas, you must know your topic. You need to research, through reading, listening, and observing, so you can be prepared for questions or arguments. For example, assume your assignment is to convince the audience that your city's major league baseball team is the best in the league. You need to pay attention to how the team is doing against other teams; you may need to attend a game and watch the skill level of the players, and you should keep track of statistics.

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