The next step in researching your argument is to investigate, read, and evaluate any current points of view around your topic. As you do this, you will develop your own argument. Reading others' views and arguments may help you, but the argument must be yours. The Persuasive speech provides the audience with an overview or introduction to a topic or issue in an attempt to persuade the audience to believe a certain way, or take a specific action. The resources listed below will assist the researcher in gathering the resources necessary to draft the persuasive speech: The topic below is an example of an overview of a topic.