Types of Persuasive Speeches

This section discusses claims. Most people use the term "argument" instead of "claim", but there are subtle distinctions. A claim is a declaration about attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors. An argument is a series of statements used to persuade someone of something. A claim is the conclusion you want your audience to arrive at after presenting your arguments and the evidence that supports them. In persuasive speaking, you establish your claim in your thesis statement, and you establish that claim via the arguments (the main points of your speech). Complete the exercises at the end of the section.