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I doubt there is anyone alive who’s never been in an argument. Arguing is more than just disagreeing with someone. The same is true when you’re giving an argumentative speech. A good argumentative speech requires the use of critical thinking skills you have to present a good argument. You have to back your arguments by reasons, and they must be supported by evidence. In a good argumentative speech, you must defend your position in an effective way.

Any claim you make is potentially arguable. For example simply saying that purple is your favorite color isn’t an argument. They can’t argue it’s your favorite. If you say it’s the greatest color ever, however, they can. You’ve made a claim about what you think is best, and they are open to respond with an argument for their favorite. You can each make strong argument for what you believe in. You should make sure your argumentative speech starts with your claim, or what you’re arguing for. You might have a law you disagree with. Many people feel the seat belt law, or the legal drinking age is wrong. Whatever you feel, argue for your side in your speech.

After you have made your claim, you have to give reasons to support it. Usually, reasons follow your claim and are joined by the word, “because.” Something like, “Purple is my favorite color, because it’s a mixture of red and blue. Red stands for fire, and blue for calmness. Purple is a perfect combination.” If you feel the seat belt law is wrong, why? You might say, “Because any adult can sit home and drink until their liver explodes, and it’s not against the law. Making them wear a seat belt because they might kill themselves if they don’t shouldn’t be either. It should be an adult’s choice.”

Reasons must make the person think two things:

1. Why do you say that?

2. What can you say to make me believe it. This won’t always make your arguments strong or compelling.

They have to make sense and be logical.

Evidence needs to support your reasons given. It makes your audience want to accept your claims as a truth. Evidence comes in many different ways, and will vary according to the topic you’re presenting. Evidence answers challenges to the reasons you gave. It usually comes in the form of:

  • Actual Instances—These include examples, case studies, and narratives. Each of these can be effective and help build support for your reason or claim. In a public speaking, they help the audience to relate to your idea by seeing a particular case.
  • Statistics—These include raw data, averages, statistical probabilities and statistical trends. In public speaking they are usually accepted as factual, but may be challenged as to where you got your evidence.
  • Testimonials—These come in two types: Eye witness or first-hand testimony, and expert. Experts may can have first-hand testimony, but it is backed by formal knowledge.

Whatever your argument is for, make it count. Make your claim, give your reasons, and present evidence that your claim is true. If you do, you’ll give a good argumentative speech.


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