Description of Prepared Events
Communication Analysis: The student writes an original speech to explain or evaluate a communication event such as a speech, speaker, movement, poem, poster, film, campaign, etc., through the use of rhetorical principles. Audio-visual aids may be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Time limit: 8-10 minutes.
Informative Speaking: This is a great event for students who need to improve presentation skills. These well-researched speeches range from simply giving information to actually demonstrating a process. It must be an original, realistic speech. Visuals may be used. Time limit: 8-10 minutes.
Persuasive Speaking: Students design original
speeches to inspire, reinforce or change beliefs, attitudes,
values, or actions of the audience.
Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the speech. Visuals may be used. Time limit: 8-10 minutes.
Speech to Entertain: This speech is persuasive in nature, but spun with wit. It is not a comedy routine or a string of jokes. Ideally the student uses intellectual humor to drive home a point. Visuals may be used. Time limit: 8-10 minutes.
Description of Limited Preparation Events
(both of these events train students to think quickly on their feet and clearly articulate their ideas)
Extemporaneous Speaking: This event tests the student's ability to research, analyze, and shape ideas into a cohesive speech. Topics are questions taken from current events. The competitor must collect and keep a comprehensive file of news articles to use for this event. The student is given thirty minutes to prepare a 5-7 minute speech.
Impromptu Speaking: The student learns to instantly organize thought and deliver a five-minute speech. Each competitor is given three topics ranging from quotations, to single abstract words, to famous people, to events, and to current issues. The student has two minutes to prepare a five-minute speech.