Public Speaking

Category: Prejudge Project, Speech

Type: Individual

Grade Level: 11-12

Deadline/Testing: 16-Feb

Competitor Limit: 1 Entry per chapter

Event Guidelines

  • Competitors must write their speeches. Advisers and other individuals are not permitted to help.
  • Each speech must be 5 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:
    1. Develop competent, aggressive business leadership.
    2. Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work.
    3. Create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise.
    4. Encourage members in the development of individual projects that contribute to the improvement of home, business, and community.
    5. Develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism.
    6. Encourage and practice efficient money management.
    7. Encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty.
    8. Assist students in the establishment of occupational goals.
    9. Facilitate the transition from school to work.
  • Place the 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 file type (ie mp3, aac, wav, etc.).
  • Name files PS_chaptername_year.
  • The top 20 competitors will be notified of their eligibility, groups, and performance times prior to the State Leadership Conference.

Preliminary Round:

  • Each speech must be 5 minutes in length. A timekeeper will stand at 4 minutes and again at 5 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 4:31 or over 5:29.
  • 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 recorded.
  • The top ten (10) participants from each group will be selected for the final round.

Final Round:

  • The competitors will be randomly placed for performance times, which will be posted online.
  • All other procedures as outlined for the preliminary round will be followed for the final round.


  • Demonstrate the 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 11 or 12. A participant entered in the 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 Public Speaking event at the National Leadership Conference, providing they have not entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference.