Persuasive Opinion Essay TopicsPersuasive opinion essay topics can be quite tricky. Even with a strong understanding of the difference between 'opinion'opinion writing' there are so many different variations that a speaker could get tripped up while crafting their opinion. I've included a few things to look for in order to help your first speech or essay stand out above the rest.
The first thing you want to do is lay down a simple concept that is simply compelling enough to grab attention. We always think of products as a simple concept; we don't have to go into a description of how much they cost or why people should buy them. Some people would even call that a 'gimmick.' You can make a great argument with simple information, or you can get the most out of it by providing some form of 'action'. Your argument should make the listener want to do something; they should want to do something more and then you have their attention.
It's easy to come up with a simple idea, but sometimes it's not enough. If you aren't getting a good reaction to your simple idea, you need to look into presenting some form of contrast.
You'll find that there are two main kinds of contrast. You have to find a way to make your basic topic different from your opponent's. While you may want to point out a weakness of theirs, it's important to remember that they will want to point out something that's really not a weakness. It's important to point out a flaw or a reason for your position. You might want to end up being the one who explains things for them; that way you aren't totally shutting them out.
The other type of contrast that you can use is to make the thing that you're supporting very obvious. You want to stand out and make the audience aware of what you're talking about. For example, if you're a proponent of merit pay you might need to make it clear that this isn't about special treatment, or that it isn't because of some arbitrary decision made by higher ups, or that you're just going to give the person more money. You want to make the argument that your position has the best evidence and you're confident that you're correct.
Now that you've presented the thing that you're supporting, you need to help you readers understand why you're supporting it. Once you've explained that you believe it, it's time to find the pieces of evidence that support your position. You might find yourself relying on emotion, but even in those cases you have to use fact. Just having facts backing your position isn't enough.
A persuasive opinion is a powerful speech. Don't just write a simple speech, write one that will inspire and convince. Make sure that you lay out your arguments and explain how you arrived at them. Then put them in the right context and you have a great reason to get the people who listen to your speech and turn out to vote for you.