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Persuasive speaking structures that kids can use

Picture your child as a poised speaker, adept at engaging audiences, shaping opinions, and leaving a lasting impression whenever they speak. This isn’t a far-off aspiration; it’s the art of persuasion, and today, we reveal some strategies that can help make it a reality.

In the realm of effective communication, speeches serve a myriad of purposes, but they can generally be categorised into three main objectives: to inform, to persuade, or to entertain. Today, we focus on the compelling realm of persuasion, exploring structures that can help your child become a more persuasive speaker.

Here are some common persuasive speaking structures your child can practise and use for general communication:

  1. Pros and Cons: here your child presents the advantages & disadvantages of a topic. This is effective because it helps to provide a balanced perspective on the topic which increases trust and credibility. It also allows the audience the opportunity to weigh up these pros & cons and come to their own conclusions.
  2. Cause & Effect: your child can presents the causes (why it happened) of a particular problem, and then explore the effects (what happened as a result) of those causes. This allows you and your audience to have a deeper understanding of the problem and its implications, and help identify potential solutions. You can include signal words such as: so; as a result; because; therefore; consequently; due to; or, which caused to help explain your cause and effect clearly.
  3. Compare & Contrast: here your child can presents two or more ideas or perspectives, and then compares and contrasts them. This helps to provide a clear and detailed analysis of the similarities and differences between ideas, and can be used to highlight the strengths & weaknesses of each perspective.

It’s important to know when to use each of the above persuasive speaking structures, as they are better suited to different speaking occasions and objectives.

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