Introduction to Public Speaking
Grade Level: 9-10
Competitor Limit: 1 Entry per chapter
- Competitors must write their speeches. Advisers and other individuals are not permitted to help.
- Each speech must be 4 minutes in length.
- The speech must be of a business nature and based on one or more of the nine (9) FBLA goals.
- FBLA Goals:
- Develop competent, aggressive business leadership.
- Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work.
- Create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise.
- Encourage members in the development of individual projects that contribute to the improvement of home, business and community.
- Develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism.
- Encourage and practice efficient money management.
- Encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty.
- Assist students in the establishment of occupational goals.
- Facilitate the transition from school to work.
- Place student’s name, chapter, event name, and title of the speech on the written copy.
- Submit a PDF of the written speech and an audio recording of the speech electronically.
- Ensure that the audio file is a universal audio file type.
- Name files IntroPS_chaptername_year.
- The top 20 competitors will be notified of their eligibility, groups, and performance times prior to the State Leadership Conference.
- Each speech must be 4 minutes in length. A timekeeper will stand at 3 minutes and again at 4 minutes. When the speaker is finished, the time used by the participant will be recorded noting a deduction of 5 points for any time under 3:31 or over 4:29.
- At the time of the performance, the event administrator will introduce each competitor by name.
- No visual/speaking aids or electronic devices may be used. Handouts are not allowed.
- No microphones are allowed.
- When speaking, participants may use 4” by 6” note cards; however, judges prefer that the speeches are memorized.
- Any competitor receiving coaching from the adviser or members of the audience may be disqualified.
- All performances are open to conference attendees, except performing participants of this event. Performances may not be audio or videotaped.
- The top eight (8) participants from each group will be selected for the final round.
- The competitors will be randomly placed for performance times, which will be posted on the conference bulletin board.
- All other procedures as outlined for the preliminary round will be followed for the final round.
- Demonstrate ability to make a businesslike presentation
- demonstrate effective verbal communication skills
- display self-confidence through knowledge of content and articulation of ideas
- explain content logically and systematically
Each chapter may enter one FBLA member from Grades 9 or 10. A participant entered in the Introduction to Public Speaking event is not eligible to enter the Impromptu Speaking event.
Each participant will be judged by one or more judges. All judges’ decisions are final.
Who Goes to Nationals?
The first-, second-, and third-place winners of this event will represent Nebraska in the Introduction to Public Speaking event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference.