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Public Speaking (prepared Speech)

The ability to be able to explain your thoughts clearly to others is one of the greatest assets you can possess. When you combine this skill with the former of speaking in public, you are in the unique position of being able to place your thoughts in front of a whole group of people at the one time.

Open Section

Prepared Speech (70% of total score)

  1. The contestant may speak on any topic of their choice.
  2. Each contestant will be required to speak for seven minutes. A warning bell will be sounded at six minutes and two final bells at seven minutes.
  3. The prepared speech will be delivered before the Impromptu Speech.

Novice Section

Open to all members who have not previously won the State Public Speaking Final.

Prepared Speech

  1. The contestant may speak on any topic of their choice.
  2. Each contestant will be required to speak for five minutes. A warning bell will be sounded at two and four minutes. Final bells at five minutes.
  3. The prepared speech will be delivered before the impromptu speech.

Public Speaking (Impromptu)

The ability to be able to explain your thoughts clearly to others is one of the greatest assets you can possess. When you combine this skill with the former of speaking in public, you are in the unique position of being able to place your thoughts in front of a whole group of people at the one time.

Open Section

The Competitions Director to prepare a number of suitable topics. The topics chosen should be of a general nature not requiring the speaker to have specialised knowledge, need not necessarily be of a controversial nature, but should afford the speaker an opportunity to express a point of view, to entertain, to persuade or to instruct.

  1. Each topic should be written clearly on a piece of paper and placed in a sealed envelope. Each speaker when called on is required to select one of the envelopes. One minute is then allowed in which to prepare for the speech.
  2. Each contestant will speak for three minutes with a warning bell at two minutes and two final bells at three minutes.
  3. The contestant has the option to decline the topic chosen. Should the topic be declined another envelope may be chosen, however the speaker forfeits their right to one minute preparation and the topic shall be announced by the Chairman.

Novice Section

Open to all members who have not previously won the State Public Speaking Final.

  1. Competition Director will prepare suitable topics for impromptu speeches.
  2. The topics chosen should be of a general nature not requiring the speaker to have specialised knowledge.
  3. The subject chosen need not necessarily be of a controversial nature, but should afford the speaker an opportunity to express a point of view, to entertain, to persuade or to instruct.
  4. Each topic should be written clearly on a piece of paper and placed in a sealed envelope. Each speaker when called on is required to select one of the envelopes. One minute is then allowed in which to prepare for the speech.
  5. Each contestant will speak for two minutes, with a warning bell sounding at 90 seconds and two final bells at two minutes