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Persuasive Speech: Why You Should Join the Equestrian Team

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General Purpose: To persuade
Specific Purpose Statement: To persuade my audience that they should join the Equestrian Team.
Introduction
Attention Getter: There are so many activities you can participate in that relieve stress. Imagine a cathartic stress relieving sport where sport equipment is over 1,000 pounds with a mind of its own and your goal is to work as a team to fly over several obstacles. Well that is horseback riding.
Speaker Credibility: I, myself, have been riding horses most of my life and have been a member of the equestrian team for the past two years, so I was very interested in the health benefits discovered in a research study.
Relevance to Your Audience: College is a very stressful time in our lives, so we are always looking for fun and healthy new ways to relieve our stress. According to trendhunter.com, one in five students feel too stressed to study or be with friends and have considered dropping out. Only 52 % of freshmen say their emotional health is above average.
Thesis Statement and preview of main points: You should join the Equestrian team because college causes a lot of stress and research shows that horseback riding is a great stress reliever.
Transition: Let’s start by looking at the common problems stress causes to college students.
Body
College students have do deal with moving away from home, intense pressure to keep their GPA high, working towards career goals, final exams, maintaining a social life, and the costs of college, all of which is a recipe for stress. (Reifman, 2011)
There are many negative mental effects from stress.
Visual aid: Two powerpoint slides of graphs illustrating percentages of causes of college related stress.
Some mental stress symptoms can hurt s...


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...cles few activities target. (Stout, 2013)
Riding increases your flexibility and your cardiovascular endurance. (Stout, 2013)
It does not matter if you do not know how to ride because their are all levels from beginner to experienced.
The Purdue Team is co-ed so anyone can join.

Directional Transition: Now that you know more about this unique and rewarding way to relieve stress let’s review.
Conclusion:

I. Reiteration of the Thesis: You should consider joining the Purdue Equestrian team because it will help relieve many stress related issues caused by college life.
II. Summary of Main Points: There are both physical and mental symptoms of stress and horseback riding can relieve both.

Clincher: College is a stressful time in all of our lives but being a part of the Purdue Equestrian Team will make your college experience more fun and memorable.






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