Free Persuasive Speeches

Examples of free persuasive speeches are everywhere. We just don't notice them.

This page shows you:

  • where to find these free speeches
  • what to look for when you do find them, and
  • some examples of free speeches to study and learn from

All of which will make your next speech much more persuasive.

Where To Find Free Persuasive Speeches?

It's easy. For our purposes here we just need a Yes to both of these questions.

  1. Is one person trying to persuade another person or a group of people?
  2. Is the person speaking out loud?

Both Yes? Ok, we've got free persuasive speeches.

So think of your own daily life. Who routinely tries to persuade you to do something by talking to you?

  • Family.
  • Sales people.
  • Advertisers.
  • Friends.
  • Boss.
  • Work colleagues.
  • Teachers.
  • Students.
  • Politicians.
  • Radio and TV Interviewees.
  • Internet video/podcasts/webinars.
  • Church ministers.

... to name just a few of the more obvious ones who supply you with free persuasive speeches every day.

So which ones can we learn from? It depends on what type of persuasive speaking you've got to do.

What Type Of Speaking Do You Do?

If you're in a fast paced career where it's important to think on your feet, speak up in meetings, respond to questions in a confident and convincing manner ... then studying the Priest's sermon next Sunday won't do you much good. A sermon is an attempt at a persuasive speech, with a lot at stake some people would say, but it's not much use to you.

I'd suggest instead you study how good politicians field questions from the media. (Good in a rhetorical sense anyway.) These are excellent examples of free persuasive speeches that come to you every day through radio and TV.

Notice how they structure their answers. How rarely if ever they give a direct answer to the question posed. How deftly they change the subject to what they want to talk about. How smoothly they put their opponents down, without seeming to mount an all out attack.

If you're a sales person (and by that I mean everyone) I'd suggest you study your kids to learn how to make better persuasive speeches. A wise sales trainer once said "You were better at sales when you were seven!"

Notice how they instinctively master some of the toughest parts of selling, like timing, negotiating and persistence?

If on the other hand you need to make carefully planned, highly structured persuasive presentations, what do you do? Your teenage kid won't help you here.

Luckily your very own home is supplied, every day, several times a day, with highly effective examples of free persuasive speeches. These are literally goldmines for you because you can be certain, without any doubt, that they are highly persuasive. Otherwise they wouldn't be there.bhjl

I'm talking of course about infomercials.

Now you'll need to set aside any personal bias against them if you want to learn from them. And you definitely want to learn from them. Here's why they are valuable free persuasive speeches.

Consider the tough job they have to do. Consider how accountable they are as persuasive presentations. Consider why their basic format hasn't really changed in 50 or more years.

Take the time to study some of them. Note down the different elements and how they fit together. See where they use Ethos (testimonials), Logos(facts and figures, scientific studies, men in white coats) and most importantly Pathos (evoking emotions like the fear of missing out on a great deal, the dream of living like a six-pack-bronzed-god-among-women-super-hunk-millionaire-in-three-easy-steps).

Don't scoff too loudly. I know you would never be persuaded by such devices. But remember. If these things don't sell, they don't survive. As free persuasive speeches go, these are some of the best.

Examples of free persuasive speeches to learn from.

You can easily get examples of free persuasive speeches on the web these days.

An Example Of a Recent Persuasive Speech

Here's the text of a speech for you to study. It's got a tough job this speech. Convincing the American people that Hhealth care reform is needed.

As we've seen, there are strong views on both sides. For now, put aside your politics, and see how the President goes about being persuasive on this issue.

Prepared Remarks of President Barack ObamaWeekly AddressSaturday, July 18th, 2009

Right now in Washington, our Senate and House of Representatives are both debating proposals for health insurance reform. Today, I want to speak with you about the stakes of this debate, for our people and for the future of our nation.

This is an issue that affects the health and financial well-being of every single American and the stability of our entire economy.

It’s about every family unable to keep up with soaring out of pocket costs and premiums rising three times faster than wages. Every worker afraid of losing health insurance if they lose their job, or change jobs. Everyone who’s worried that they may not be able to get insurance or change insurance if someone in their family has a pre-existing condition.

It’s about a woman in Colorado who told us that when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, her insurance company – the one she’d paid over $700 a month to – refused to pay for her treatment. She had to use up her retirement funds to save her own life.

It’s about a man from Maryland who sent us his story – a middle class college graduate whose health insurance expired when he changed jobs. During that time, he needed emergency surgery, and woke up $10,000 in debt – debt that has left him unable to save, buy a home, or make a career change.

It’s about every business forced to shut their doors, or shed jobs, or ship them overseas. It’s about state governments overwhelmed by Medicaid, federal budgets consumed by Medicare, and deficits piling higher year after year.

This is the status quo. This is the system we have today. This is what the debate in Congress is all about: Whether we’ll keep talking and tinkering and letting this problem fester as more families and businesses go under, and more Americans lose their coverage. Or whether we’ll seize this opportunity – one we might not have again for generations – and finally pass health insurance reform this year, in 2009.

Now we know there are those who will oppose reform no matter what. We know the same special interests and their agents in Congress will make the same old arguments, and use the same scare tactics that have stopped reform before because they profit from this relentless escalation in health care costs. And I know that once you’ve seen enough ads and heard enough people yelling on TV, you might begin to wonder whether there’s a grain of truth to what they’re saying. So let me take a moment to answer a few of their arguments.

First, the same folks who controlled the White House and Congress for the past eight years as we ran up record deficits will argue – believe it or not – that health reform will lead to record deficits. That’s simply not true. Our proposals cut hundreds of billions of dollars in unnecessary spending and unwarranted giveaways to insurance companies in Medicare and Medicaid. They change incentives so providers will give patients the best care, not just the most expensive care, which will mean big savings over time. And we have urged Congress to include a proposal for a standing commission of doctors and medical experts to oversee cost-saving measures.

I want to be very clear: I will not sign on to any health plan that adds to our deficits over the next decade. And by helping improve quality and efficiency, the reforms we make will help bring our deficits under control in the long-term.

Those who oppose reform will also tell you that under our plan, you won’t get to choose your doctor – that some bureaucrat will choose for you. That’s also not true. Michelle and I don’t want anyone telling us who our family’s doctor should be – and no one should decide that for you either. Under our proposals, if you like your doctor, you keep your doctor. If you like your current insurance, you keep that insurance. Period, end of story.

Finally, opponents of health reform warn that this is all some big plot for socialized medicine or government-run health care with long lines and rationed care. That’s not true either. I don’t believe that government can or should run health care. But I also don’t think insurance companies should have free reign to do as they please.

That’s why any plan I sign must include an insurance exchange: a one-stop shopping marketplace where you can compare the benefits, cost and track records of a variety of plans – including a public option to increase competition and keep insurance companies honest – and choose what’s best for your family. And that’s why we’ll put an end to the worst practices of the insurance industry: no more yearly caps or lifetime caps; no more denying people care because of pre-existing conditions; and no more dropping people from a plan when they get too sick. No longer will you be without health insurance, even if you lose your job or change jobs.

The good news is that people who know the system best are rallying to the cause of change. Just this past week, the American Nurses Association, representing millions of nurses across America, and the American Medical Association, representing doctors across our nation, announced their support because they’ve seen first-hand the need for health insurance reform.

They know we cannot continue to cling to health industry practices that are bankrupting families, and undermining American businesses, large and small. They know we cannot let special interests and partisan politics stand in the way of reform – not this time around.

The opponents of health insurance reform would have us do nothing. But think about what doing nothing, in the face of ever increasing costs, will do to you and your family.

So today, I am urging the House and the Senate, Democrats and Republicans, to seize this opportunity, and vote for reform that gives the American people the best care at the lowest cost; that reins in insurance companies, strengthens businesses and finally gives families the choices they need and the security they deserve.


Free persuasive speeches are everywhere.

They come in many different forms.

Not all forms are equally useful for you to learn from. It depends on your situation.

There will always be more than enough free persuasive speeches for your needs, once you start looking for them.

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