For many sixth-grade students, the idea of giving a persuasive speech can be overwhelming. Between speaking publicly and performing the required research, the undertaking often seems much worse than it actually is. With the proper preparation, however, most find it to be less stressful than they expected-many even find themselves having fun. Likewise, the skills a persuasive speech teaches may come in handy later in life, such as in a business setting, so take the project seriously. Instructions 1. Getting Started 1 Decide on a person to focus your speech on falls within the guidelines of the assignment. Remember that you must read a biography or autobiography based on your person in order to use them in your speech. 2 Research that individual thoroughly by finding related articles or books on the subject. 3 Formulate a firm topic statement on the subject. This will be the heart of your speech. For example, if you feel that Michael Jordan has been the greatest person throughout the history of sports entertainment, make a compelling statement saying it! 4 Accumulate notes and quotes from your person. Remember to properly cite those sources that you are using. Writing Your Speech 5 Use your notes to create an outline of the major points you would like to discuss (three to five ideas usually work well, though you'll want to review your teacher's expectations). 6 Add details for each major point. You may consider quotes, statistics and other relevant information. 7 Expand your outline into a written essay by using transitions and sentences that link your ideas. 8 Write an introduction and conclusion based on the information in your essay. Respectively, these should introduce and remind your audience of your major points without going into too much detail. 9 Read your speech several times as practice for when you give it in class. This will help you deliver it smoothly when the time comes. Memorize it if required by your teacher. Tips & Warnings Time your speech while practicing it aloud, to ensure that you are within the requirements of your assignment. Read your speech to a friend or family member, then ask for her opinion. Make changes where necessary. Begin work well before the speech is due. In this way, you will have more time to prepare.