Federal Government Surplus Budget Persuasive Speech & PPT

This speech will be between 6-7 minutes (give or take 15 seconds) including set up time. Have your powerpoint ready to share.

This speech asks you to create a convincing argument in response to the following hypothetical.

The federal government has a 100 million dollar surplus for 2020. They have invited several constituents to come down and speak on the congress floor to argue how that funding should be spent. They have chosen you as one of those constituents to come speak. You will be given no more than 7.5 minutes to make your case.

A few requirements:

  • You must have a personal example, narrative or connection to your cause – Build that credibility
  • You must interact with your audience at least once (aside from any attention getters) during the presentation.
  • You must create an argument that unites a divided audience on the issue by finding common ground, research, and authority.


  • For this speech you will build an argument to fund your passion project or cause.
  • Compose an effective thesis statement, support thesis with 3 main points, introduce and conclude the speech effectively.
  • Utilize effective transitions and organize the speech in an appropriate and coherent pattern.
  • Effectively support points using appropriate support materials.
  • Research and correctly document sources used in developing the speech.
  • Implement persuasive strategies specifically tailored to your audience.
  • Develop strong ethos and trust between you, the topic, and the audience.
  • A PowerPoint will accompany this presentation


  • Develop a thesis that meets the criteria discussed in class and adapts specifically to your audience.
  • Determine an appropriate organizational pattern and insert appropriate transitions.
  • Determine 3 appropriate points, with subpoints if needed.
  • Support points using research. You must use at least two different types of support (for example, statistics, examples, quotes), and you must reference at least 3 sources of the information for this support.
  • Develop an effective introduction and conclusion. Be sure to include all required elements.
  • Use at least one motivational appeals in an effective way.
  • Outline your speech. A bibliography or works cited page must accompany your outline. You must reference at least three sources.
  • Delivery will be extemporaneous.
  • A PowerPoint will accompany this presentation (more instructions on this to follow.)

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