Writing Great Persuasive Speeches From Scratch

The spoken word is so different from the written versions that it is almost easier to get a point across when translated into a speech than it is through a paper. Depending on your topic and audience, your speech can be made a great one with some simple planning and rehearsing steps.

Plan Ahead

When you write a speech, it is important that you plan ahead for research that needs to be done so that you can make it as clear and concise as possible. Much like an essay, you must know your subject before you express your opinions on it. And unlike essays, in a speech setting you can be asked probing questions that mean you must have a firm grasp on your topic.


When you find a number of sources, create a list of inspiring facts, quotes, and data sets that you can incorporate in your speech to hold the audience’s attention. Your speech must include documented source information that will lend you more credibility as you express your point. Inspiring quotes and information can help keep your audience engaged – and make them more attentive. If you get them to want to hear your answers, they will stay with you until the end of your speech.

Writing it Down

When you have an idea, and outline, of what you want to say, you should work to get the overall speech translated on paper. Approach it like an essay and make sure it has a clear point, discussion topics, and conclusion. Once it is written or typed, you can begin the process of review and then get it down in note-card form so that you can more easily present your speech on the day it is set to be given.


Rehearsing is a step that many speech writers skip – but it is a critical one for a number of reasons. Rehearsing will make your speech much more effective because you won’t be as reliant on your cards – and can better speak from a place of authority that way.

It also helps you ensure that you stay on topic and meet time limitations without going over or completing the speech too quickly.


Persuasive speeches are most effective when given from a place of authority. Those who know their subject and don’t have to rely on note-cards and other prompts are often received better – making their overall point more believable.