Extemporaneous Speech Competition Rules

This new event will allow students to hone their analytical and presentation skills under time pressure. In this competition, the participants will focus on addressing current business challenges in our dynamic global environment. Students will select three envelopes with various business dilemmas contained inside. The student will have two minutes to decide which of the three dilemmas they would like to talk about and then have 30 minutes to prepare a 5 to 7-minute presentation on the topic to a panel of judges. The judges will evaluate the students on the quality of their solution and the student’s presentation skills. Our Goal is to develop a well-informed student who can critically evaluate current issues by expressing his position on a given question.

  1. In Extemporaneous speaking the competitor, alone, prepares by researching national and international current events.
  2. Competitors will be assigned a participant number they will provide to the judges. Students must not state the school they attend.
  3. Competitors may utilize their laptops and digitally access information online, however, the competition is not responsible nor will provide internet access.
  4. The speech must be an original work, prepared during the Extemporaneous preparation time.
  5. Competitors have thirty (30) minutes to prepare a five (5) to seven (7) minute speech using their personal knoweldge of a situation or through electronic access.
  6. Students entered into the Extemporaneous Speech Competition will draw for timeslots. Timeslots will identify a forty (45) minutes block. Two (2) minutes for topic selection, thirty (30) minutes for research, and no more than eight (8) minutes for presentation.
  7. Tardiness will not extend Extemp prep time. Competitors should arrive at the Extemp Prep Room at the beginning of their drawn time. If a student missses their assigned time they will be disqualified.
  8. Competitors may not leave the Extemp Prep Room during their own prep time. Students who are not in the preparation phase, may not be in the prep room.
  9. In the Extemp Prep Room the competitor will select three (3) questions in sealed envelopes. Following selection, competitors will open and read the questions, and choose one. Additional questions will be returned.
  10. Competitors may not bring pre-written speeches or outlines into the Extemporaneous Preparation Room.
  11. Each competitor must do their own work and must not ask for topic information from anyone else during the Extemp prep time.
  12. Competitors are responsible to bring their own electronic devices and power sources.
  13. A competitor must not use another competitor’s computer.
  14. A competitor may not utilize their cell phone at any times; additionally, competitors may not use chat or messaging features while using their laptop or internet access.
  15. At the conclusion of the 30 minutes of Extemp prep time, the competitor must go immediately to the competition room to give his speech at his designated speaking time.
  16. The competitor will provide the judges with the question provided in their envelope.
  17. No visual aids are allowed in the presentation space (this includes PowerPoint, posters, or other media).
  18. The Extemporaneous competitor MUST TAKE A POSITION on one of the given questions and support that position with analysis and outside evidence.
  19. The competitor may write notes on one (1) three-by-five (3” x 5”) card only and is permitted to bring only that card (and the topic paper) into the speech.
  20. Nothing may be used during the competitor’s speech other than the one 3” x 5” card.
  21. The competitor must state the given question early in the speech and adhere to the question posed.
  22. Gratuitous vulgarity is strictly prohibited.
  23. Competitors may not listen to other Extemporaneous competitors speaking before or after them.
  24. The timekeeper will start the digital timepiece when the competitor begins and will stop the digital timepiece when the competitor finishes. Hand signals will be given at the two (2) minute mark, at thirty seconds remaining, and a countdown from ten to zero seconds.