WHAT WOULD IT BE?
If you could change ONE THING… what would it be?
SOME OF THE GREATEST OUTCOMES COME FROM THE MOST CHALLENGING OF TIMES.
If you could change one thing, what would it be? And how would you persuade others to join with you to make this change?
Whether it’s to be kinder to others, promote peace in the world, care for the earth a little more or look after animals… how can you make your voice heard?
Now, more than ever, we think this is a great time to channel your voice and share it with others. We’re encouraging our learners to write a persuasive speech where they appeal to others to come together and make a change. That change is up to you to decide, but here are our top tips for helping to rally people to your cause. Use your YouTube channel, blog page or social media pages to publish it and watch change happen!
What change can you make today through your writing?
USE RHETORICAL QUESTIONS THAT FORCE PEOPLE TO THINK ABOUT THE HEART OF THE MATTER.
Want people to really dig deep (this is where change comes from)? Ask them the question that most matters to your cause. For example, if you want to help to slow climate change, ask them what kind of a world they want to live in – polluted and poor or pretty and pure (see how we also slipped in alliteration and a lovely bit of juxtaposing imagery?!).
USE EMOTIVE LANGUAGE.
People respond when they feel something. Make your listener / reader feel something – whether it be happiness at the results positive change could result in, anger at the way things are being done now that prevents the positive result you want, or sadness at the fact that enough currently isn’t being done. This is a very effective way of appealing to your audience’s better self and pushing them to take the action you think needs to be taken!
USE THE ‘MAGIC THREE’
There’s something special about threes. It helps your key message to stand out. It may be that the situation you are writing about is terrible, torturous and terrifying. Or is it wild, free and fantastical? If you can summarise an idea in three words, you’ve got a good chance of leaving your message stuck, solid and safe in your reader’s mind!
REFER TO AUTHORITATIVE SOURCES
This really shows that, a) you’ve done your research and so know what you’re talking about and, b) that you’ve got the backing of an expert. Here’s one we think is pretty good for you right now:
“BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD” GANDHI
SIGN OFF WITH YOUR ‘VISION’.
Leave your reader feeling good about the world you imagine with the change in place. Be positive. Encourage change. You can be the difference!
We’d LOVE to see your work – share with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we could be sharing your work across our social media channels!